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Bamyan residents face absence of health services

Bamyan residents face absence of health services

Nov 21, 2013 - 14:39

BAMYAN CITY (PANinfo-icon): Locals have been facing serious problems when a basic healthinfo-icon center in Shiber district of the central Bamyan province was closed on Thursday due to security problems, locals said.

The clinic is located in Ghandak on the outskirts of Shiber district and its staff has refused to discharge their duties, citing insecurity and looming militants’ attacks.

Mullahinfo-icon Jan Mir, a resident of the locality told Pajhwok Afghan News as many as 5,000 people of the area were facing serious healthcare issues after the closure of the clinic.

The locals were forced to shift their patients to Bamyan Central Hospital when most of the patients lost their lives because of the long distance, he said, adding “It is four hours drive to reach Bamyan center.”

Agha Khan Development Network (AKDN) was mainly providing the patients with healthcare services in Shiber district, said, Dr. Qurban Ali, district chief of the AKDN.

Qurban physicians could not work in the area because of growing insecurity, adding doctors left the area when rockets landed close to the clinic they were working in.

Another elder said the area was presenting a deserted picture because neither the medical staff nor teachers were ready to work amid lawlessness and insecurity.

Ghandak area had around 16 high schools, which had not professional teaching staff because of deteriorated law and order.

Mohammad Azim Farid, Shiber district chief acknowledged insecurity was spreading to such an extent that the Sangpor check post had been attacked thrice in one month. 

“We understand people’s problems have been multiplied because of absence of health services. The residents should extend their cooperation with the local security forces to maintain security,” he added.









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