HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Chesht-i-Sharif district in western Herat province have complained against insufficient health facilities and lack of health centres.
They said currently only three clinics were functional and they could not address the health issues of the existing population.
Khairullah, a resident of Chesht-i-Sharif district told Pajhwok Afghan News, the existing clinics were not capable to provide treatment to patients so they are forced travel to provincial capital of Herat province for all kinds of health issues.
He complained the provision of health facilities were weaker in Chesht-i-Sharif district which is a source of revenue generation for the government.
Juma Gull is another resident of Chesht-i-Sharif district, said the road from that district to provincial capital was not in stable condition and it was very difficult to travel on.
Gull said: “Neither the treatment facilities are available for patients here nor the road is easy to travel to Herat city”.
“The voice of the people remains unheard, if someone takes his patient to Herat city, he/she dies on the way, we witnessed such incidents several times,” he said.
The residents of Chest-i-Sharif district demand establishment of some well-equipped health centers additional to the equipment of existence health centers in this district.
But, Maulavi Shamsul Haq Hamas, the acting governor of Chest-i-Sharif district told Pajhwok, some experienced doctors, medics and equipped clinics can respond to the needs of the residents Chest-i-Sharif district.
While the officials of Public Health Department of Herat acknowledged the existence of some problems and insufficient facilities in health centers, but they added that the officials are struggling to solve such issues of all the health centers of districts with the help of some relevant organizations.
Doctor Mohammad Asif Kabir, the head of provincial Public Health Department said despite the halt donors and some NGOs support in the field of health services, the health centers of the districts still remained functional.
He believed, three clinics cannot respond to the needs of the residents of 186 villages of Chest-i-Sharif district.
Chest-i-Sharif district generated revenue to the government through its natural resources reservoirs but the demands of its people in the area of health and transportation remained unaddressed.