TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Residents of Awshi area in Charchino district of central Uruzgan province lack access to health facilities and as a result they are facing numerous problems.
They say there was a health center in their area about five years ago, but according to them, when the area became the front line of conflict, the government moved this health center to another remote locality called Yakhdan.
The urged the Public Health Department to either transfer the same health center or to set up a new hospital for them.
Qari Mohibullah, a resident of the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that nearly 1,000 families are living in Awshi area but no health center is available.
He added: “About five years ago, our area was the front line of the war, that’s why the health center was transferred to another area (Yakhdan) which is 10 kilometers away.”
Mohammad Ibrahim, another resident of the area, said that they had asked the public health department several times to provide health services to them, but according to him, their demand was not taken into consideration.
In addition to the bumpy roads, the Yakhdan area was far away from Awshi area and they face many problems when taking the patient there.
Maulvi Bashir, administrative chief of Charchino district, also acknowledged that there is no hospital in the center of this district and people are facing many problems.
“The health center which transferred to Yakhdan years ago, has not been reactivated so far,” he added.
He said there were more than a thousand families living in Awshi area and it was necessary that a health center should be reactivated.
Dr. Mohammadullah Rohani, director of public health, told Pajhwok that the district health center (CHC) which was currently operating in Yakhdan, had not been changed to (CHC Plus) and surgical services were provided there.
According to him, he has shared the issue with the Ministry of Public Health to establish another health center in Awshi area, a request has been accepted.
Currently, 56 health facilities are active in Uruzgan and the officials promised that health services would be provided for all the areas in the near future.