JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local public health officials say they have launched an oversight drive at district healthcare centers in eastern Nangarhar province to resolve health-related problems.
Dr. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, Nangarhar public health director, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said there were 157 healthcare centers in the province including four main centers on the provincial level.
He said 19 mobile healthcare centers were also active responding to health problems of nomads and refugees.
Durrani said health budget for the province was for 1.67 million people while actually at least six million patients were treated in state-run healthcare centers in a year. He said that 19 ambulances were also in service of patients in the province.
About hospitals, he said, “Nangarhar Zonal Hospital has 150 beds, Fatima Zahra Hospital has 55 beds, National Kidney Hospital has 20 beds and a number of rehabilitation centers for addicts are centers active on provincial level.”
He said they had received complaints about health services in districts of the province and that was the reason they started traveling to districts and launched observation of healthcare centers there.
“I have traveled to nine districts so far, I plan to travel to at least two districts in a week to see the situation and find solutions to problems,” Durani added.
He said that lack of observation of healthcare centers and some problems in the area were depriving people from getting benefit of health services in districts.
About construction of Eastern Health Complex, he said work on the complex was rapidly underway and so far 60 percent of the building was complete.
He said the complex contained eight buildings and equipment for the facility would be provided soon after it was fully completed.
Durrani said monitoring of healthcare centers would be continued for resolving problems, bringing changes in working methods of health professionals, new health equipment, training facilities for professionals and encouraging traders towards investment in the health sector.
He assured that healthcare centers of the private sector would be also monitored and standardized.