No Hos­pi­tal

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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