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Paktia: Poor health services prompt complaints

Paktia: Poor health services prompt complaints

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Apr 24, 2019 - 15:25

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The governor and other officials fault healthinfo-icon services in southeastern Paktia province, saying residents are facing immense problems.

Governor Shamim Khan Katawazai told Pajhwok Afghan News that Hewad, an NGO, was unable to supply medicine and other equipment to health centres, a failure that has negatively impacted health services in the province.

Katawazai said he had shared the issue with the Ministry of Public Health and provincial health officials. He has recommended termination of the contract with the NGO.

“The NGO has been unable to supply medicine and other equipment and I’m completely dissatisfied with its work,” he remarked.

Ayub Gharwal, a provincial council member, claimed the contractor (Hewad) had not supplied medicine to hospitals and clinics over the past four months. The NGO did supply drugs to some clinics, but they are not enough.

Sharif Mangal, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, alleged patients were not provided proper health services at the Civil Hospital due to lack of qualified doctors. As a result, many were transferred to Kabulinfo-icon for treatment.

Some doctors of the Zonal Hospital asked patients to visit their private clinics in duty hours and people were thus facing huge problems, he charged.

Dr. Omar Khetab of the Zonal hospital told Pajhwok: “Hewad has been granted the contract involving a small budget. At times, we don’t very ordinary tools and equipment.”

But Dr. Fazal Rahman Mangal, provincial head of Hewad, said they had been providing health facilities based on contracts signed with different parties.

“We have supplied all things under the contract and I can show you lists of medicines supplied to hospitals and clinics and the process is still underway,” he claimed.

Dr. Mangal linked inadequate attention from doctors to the problems at the Zonal Hospital. Several doctors run private clinics in duty hours and some others illegally spend nights at the hospital.

Public Health Director Dr. Wilayat Khan Ahmadzai said he had taken up the relevant issues with the officials concerned and some of the problems had been resolved.

“If there are problems being faced by doctors or others, we will solve them together. Equipment and resources are enough but need to be used in a proper way,” he concluded.

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