Provincial health centers closed, Kabul hospitals crowded

Officials at public hospitals said citizens’ access to health care has drastically declined across the country, so people mainly travel to the capital for treatment.

Officials say the number of patients coming to hospitals in Kabul has increased after health centers encountered difficulties in some provinces.

The shortage of drugs and professional staff is also a major challenge in the city of Kabul.

“With the closure of health centers in the provinces, the number of patients has increased in hospitals in the capital. There will not be enough capacity if the situation continues, ”said Parwiz Noori, head of the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital.

“Kabul hospitals are also affected. We are facing a lack of medicines and doctors, ”said Dr Mohammad Ishaq Shirani.

Shamsul Haq, a resident of Laghman, came to Kabul to treat his son. He said provincial health centers recently closed due to a lack of drugs, medical equipment and doctors.

“We came from the provinces. There is no medicine. They told me to buy it outside. We are poor, how do we buy it? Shamsul Haq said.

Mohebullah, a relative of a patient, said: “The beds are full. We came from Dih Sabz district to Wazir Akbar Khan hospital and there are no drugs or doctors.

At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an assessment and warned that the Afghan health system is facing a crisis.

The evaluation indicates: “Only 17% of health facilities supported by Sehatmandi remain fully functional. Two-thirds are experiencing stockouts of essential drugs. Without urgent action, they risk closing. ”

International organizations have repeatedly announced that the Afghan health system is in danger of collapsing. Some organizations such as UNICEF have pledged to continue aid to Afghanistan.

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