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Taliban close 12 NGO-run health clinics in Nuristan

Taliban close 12 NGO-run health clinics in Nuristan

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May 11, 2019 - 16:33

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Public Healthinfo-icon Department of eastern Nuristan province says Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have closed around 12 health centres in areas under their control.

Two days back, 17 health facilities were closed but five of them were later reopened, with 12 others remaining closed in Doab, Mandol, Nurgram, Kamdesh and Barg-i-Matal districts. The move has deprived people of health services.

Provincial Public Health Director Dr. Zakiullah Storai told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban had shut 12 health centres belonging to non-profit AHEAD organization.

Most of the health facilities which have been closed are located in Taliban-control areas. The rebels shut the facilities after health workers and people complained to them about inadequate services of the AHEAD NGO.

“Some of our personnel also complained to the Taliban, in fact the AHEAD NGO has been unable to deliver adequate services to people,” Storai added.

However, common people in the areas complained that sick people were in serious trouble after the closure of the clinics.

Sayed Ali, a resident of Nurgram district, said the clinics remained closed since a month and their doctors were also not paid enough salaries.

“Today, five sick individuals were brought to the district clinic but there was no one in the facility and the ailing persons were then moved to Laghman,” he added.

Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum said efforts were underway through tribal elders to reopen the clinics and hoped the clinics would be reopened within one week.

Around 43 health centers are operating in Nuristan province, with 37 belonging to AHEAD organization and the rest to other NGOs.

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