JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Tens of people observed protest against what they complained about the inefficiency of a number of wards in the Nangarhar Civil Hospital in this eastern province.
Prior to their protest, tens of people came forward to launch a cleanliness drive in the hospital. They complained that some health officials were unwilling to discharge their duties at the hospital and provide the patients with best medical care.
Gul Saeed, a demonstrator, told Pajhwok Afghan News that tens of people visited hospital on Saturday to launch cleanliness campaign in the hospital and donate blood to the needy patients.
He alleged that head of the blood bank at the hospital told them that the blood donation drive had been completed and he was unable to collect their blood.
Ali Khan who brought his patient from Kapisa said the blood bank refused to give his patient blood for his second surgery. He said that he did not know anyone in Jalalabad and doctors were demanding blood before surgery.
“Though they are doctors by profession but they have hard hearts like stones,” Khan remarked.
Muhammad Laiq Ghamsharik, head of Afghanistan United Front in eastern zone, said that tens of volunteers of his group approached the blood bank to donate their blood but the officials on duty flatly refused to collect their blood. He said there were a number of patients on beds in hospital who direly needed blood.
Dr. Humayun Zaheer, head of local hospital in Nangarhar, said that the blood bank department had the capacity to keep 500 packets of blood in reserve. He said the officials at the blood bank department were bound to discharge their duties from 8: 00 am till 2:30 pm and then one official was tasked to discharge his duty till late night who could not collect blood from tens of people.
He suggested those who were willing to donate blood should contact the officials concerned in advance so that measures should be taken to collect their blood on time.