There is not a single hospital in the remote, mountainous province of eastern Nuristan and its residents have to traverse long distances to neighboring provinces for treatment. People often travel to Kunar or Nangarhar provinces to seek treatment for their ailments.
Nuristan was declared a province about 13 years ago but it still lacks a proper health facility. The provincial capital Paroon used to have a public health facility but that too was without proper medical equipment, medicine and qualified staff. Under-qualified nurses used to run the hospital.
Acknowledging the absence of a well-equipped hospital in the province, Nuristan Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum accused the central government of neglecting the province and said that construction of a hospital for the provincial capital was under consideration.