FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The residents of Dawlina district in western Ghor province say there are no lady or specialist doctors and other health related facilities in the district and urge the government to address these issues.
Faiz Mohammad, a resident of Dawlina district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the district clinic had no female surgeon and gynaecologist and female patients were being taken to the hospital in Ferozkoh city.
Faiz added: “My child was suffering from appendicitis, as there was no surgeon in the district, I had to take my child to the provincial hospital for operation. We have this problem since years and the authorities should find a solution to it”.
Sher Ahmad, another resident of Dawlina district, held similar views about the lack of health facilities and doctors and said: “There is no good doctor in the clinic, no ambulance, no doctresses are available at all, if someone falls ill, we need to take the patient to the Ferozkoh city hospital, we ask he authorities to solve our problems”.
Transferring a patient to the provincial hospital cost a lot and the majority of Dawlina are unable to pay, he said.
The residents insisted the district clinic should be equipped and female doctors appointed there.
Provincial authorities confirm there are no female doctors, surgeon or other specialists in the Dawlina district clinic.
Abdul Latif Dawlati, director of the Dawlina clinic told Pajhwok: “There are many problems in the clinic, one of them is the lack of female health provider and the clinic must be upgraded to enable us to provide better health services”.
However, provincial officials of Ghor Public Health department said that the problem of lack of female doctors was common issue all over the province.
Doctor Abdul Ahmad Noori, Deputy Director of Ghor Public Health Department, told Pajhwok: “Unfortunately, the number of female doctors is very limited. There are only two doctresses in the provincial hospital, we are trying to solve this problem”.
Noori added some clinics had been upgraded and soon surgery departments would be activated in these clinics including Dawlina clinic and the problems of people would be solved.
Dawlina residents say the district is 80 kilometers away from the provincial capital and the residents face different problems, especially during winter when taking patient to the provincial capital becomes difficult.