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Semi-medical midwifery institute closes in Khost

Semi-medical midwifery institute closes in Khost

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Sep 16, 2018 - 19:54

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A semi-medical midwifery and nursing institute has ceased functioning in southeastern Khost province following internal problems and poor leadership of the provincial public healthinfo-icon department, local officials said Sunday.

The training institute was opened four years ago with financial support from Norway. Two batches of midwives and nurses have so far graduated from the institute.

A public health official told Pajhwok Afghan News that the institute had been shifted to Paktia province as per orders from the Ministry of Public Health, but the public health director rejected this claim.

Zainab Afghan, head of Milli Arman, a womeninfo-icon’s association in Khost, said the institute would offer educationinfo-icon to economically weak students without any cost.

She said many girls with interest in nursing and midwifery would be no longer able to achieve their dreams after the closure of the institute.

“Khost is a traditional and cultural societyinfo-icon, families here do not allow their daughters to go to another province for education, we ask officials concerned to keep the institute open in the province,” she said.

Freshta, who studies in ninth grade, told Pajhwok she wanted to serve people with midwifery services but she was worried the only midwifery institute had been shifted to another province.

“Many families including mine’s do not allow girls to get education in another province, we hope the institute continues its services here and we are able to pursue higher education,” she said.

Meanwhile, Khost public health director, Dr. Habib Shah Ansari, rejected reports of the institute’s shifting to Paktia province.

However, deputy public health director, Dr. Gul Mohammadin, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the semi-medical midwifery and nursing institute had been suspended in Khost.

He said internal problems and poor leadership led to the closure of the institute.

“The public health minister last year told us that the institute would be kept open in Khost, but the provincial public health department did not follow the issue and the institute was shifted to Paktia province,” he said.

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