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Built 5 years ago, Khost clinics yet to be operationalized

Built 5 years ago, Khost clinics yet to be operationalized

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May 31, 2020 - 16:04

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Constructed nearly five years ago, five healthinfo-icon facilities could not be opertionalized in three districts of southeastern Khost province, residents and civil societyinfo-icon activists said Sunday.

They claimed some of the buildings have been partially damaged and may completely perish if not operationalized and put into service.

These structures include a 30-bed hospital in Nader Shah Kot district, a 30-bed hospital in Yaqubi and Sabario district, which will facilitate patients from four other district and clinics in Tarezo Alishero district’s Haroonkhelo area, SeinKhora and Spinko area. The five facilities were built almost five years back but could not be operationalized so far.

The infrastructures cost the Ministry of Public Health nearly two million afghanis. One project has been funded by India, one by the Counter-Narcotics Ministry and the remaining three by the MoPH.

JanmirZazai, a member of the Provincial Council (PC), said some parts of these buildings had been damaged and if the government remained negligent, these facilities would further damage and would turn useless.

“In the past we had shared this issue and now we are sharing it again. These clinics should be made operational otherwise they will be damaged and millions of afhganis spent on them will go in vain,” he said.

Civil Society activist Spin Rawan Nooorzai said the MoPH lacked proper monitoring and vigilance, which he said kept the facilities from being equipped.

“Forget about these facilities, small clinics in districts are not properly functioning because there is no inspection and monitoring,” he said.

Abdul Sammad and Abdul Nasir, both residents of Tarezio Alishero district, said there was an urgent need for opretionalisation of the clinics as the existing clinics were unable to facilitate residents.

Public Health Director Habib Shah Ansari said the MoPH had assured him of making the clinics operational once the coronavirus disaster subsided.

The Governor Office also acknowledged the health facilities were not operetionalised, but claimed huge progress in other areas of the sector.

Governor Spokesperson TalibMangal said year they were able to approve personnel for 11 clinics.

Nh/ma

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