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NGO-run clinics reopen in Uruzgan after Taliban ban



NGO-run clinics reopen in Uruzgan after Taliban ban

Dec 12, 2017 - 17:52

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): More than 50 healthinfo-icon centers which had been closed by Talibaninfo-icon militants have reopened in central Uruzgan province, an official said Tuesday.

The Taliban ordered closed the 59 health facilities in Tirinkot, the provincial capital, and some districts three months back for what they alleged “not offering proper services.”

According to sources, “HDC” non-governmental organization that run the facilities had promised with the Taliban of providing surgery services to the rebels in far-flung areas, but the organization could not honor its promise.

Later it appeared the closed health clinics-- 49 in Uruzgan and 10 in Daikundi --- were associated with the NGO.

Public Health Director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said the NGO had sent him a letter about the reopening of the closed health centres.

He said he had no information if the organization had fulfilled its promise with the Taliban, but said the health facilities had resumed work.

Deputy Governor Abdul Wahid Patan said the issue of closure of clinics was only confined to insecure areas. He said health facilities were open in all areas and offered services to ailing people.

He promised to allow no hurdle in provision of health services in future and said the government would keep a close eye on HDC services.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the matter.


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