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Lack of medicines: 5 die in Ghor’s Pasaband district

Lack of medicines: 5 die in Ghor’s Pasaband district

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Feb 16, 2019 - 20:24

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents of Pasaband district of western Ghorinfo-icon province on Saturday claimed three children and two womeninfo-icon died recently due to the lack of medicines at the district’s hospital.

The residents claimed that officials at the district’s hospital always rejected their demand for necessary medicines and were told to visit the Civil Hospital in Firozkoh, the provincial capital.

Habibullah, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News their district hospital not only lacked medicines but also doctors and nurses.

He said three children and two pregnant women lost their lives wihin two days due to lack of medicines at the local hospital.

Fazal Ahmad, another resident, expressed similar concern and said if the situation remained the same, dozens of patients who could not afford treatment abroad would lose their lives.

Three days back, a pregnant woman was brought to the district’s hospital where she gave birth to twins but all of them died.

 Meanwhile, Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, also confirmed the residents’ complaint and said due continued snowfall and closure of supply routes by Talibaninfo-icon militants over the past few months, the situation in the Pasaband district has been bad.

He said the issue had been several times shared with the central authorities but so far they received no response in this regard

Civil Hospital Director Juma Gul Yaqoobi told Pajhwok they had dispatched medicines to all districts of the province expect Pasaband as the Taliban were allowing them to do so. He urged local officials to help them transfer medicines to the district.

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