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    September 05, 2016



SRSP-PPR Project organized Periodical meeting of DPH

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The unavailability of specialist and general duty doctors in the hospitals, shortage of medicines, lack of diagnostic and unhygienic conditions in the hospitals were identified as the basic issues in the sector of health of Chitral district.

In the periodical meeting of district platform for health organized by the Project for Poverty Reduction, an Italian funded project of Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP), the participants lamented the budget earmarked for the tehsil headquarters hospitals and the rural health centres were not rationalized to cater to the needs.

They said that most of the primary and secondary care hospitals were devoid of basic requirements and facilities while absence of electricity was problem common to all due to which x-ray machines were non-functional and the patients had to rush to the district headquarters hospital.

The district health officer of the health component of the project, Javaid Ahmed said that the district public platform is the forum provided by SRSP to the elected representatives of local bodies and the spokespersons of civil society and community based organizations.

He said launched a few months ago in the two union councils of Drosh, the project has made headway in creating awareness about health and hygiene among the people while students of the local schools were also targeted to achieve far-reaching results.

Nazim of village council Drosh Imranul Mulk, former UC nazim Haider Abbas, social activists Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir, Hafeezullah and others highlighted the issues of health sector with special reference to Drosh town and termed the chain of district platforms and round table conferences very helpful in discussing the health issues and suggest solutions for them.

They lamented that the allocation of budget for tehsil headquarters hospitals in the district were not made proportionately to the strength of patients attended but it is made equally which is a sheer injustice with the hospital of Drosh.

The said that the hospital of Drosh had a recorded a strength of 85 thousand outdoor patientsr while that of Booni had only 9 thousand, Garam Chashma had 8 thousand and Torkhow less than 6 thousand but the annual budget allocation was equal.

They said that Drosh hospital also faces the burden of patients coming from the Kunar province of Afghanistan via Arandu border while five different valleys of Sheshi Koh, Jinjirat Kosh, Beori, Ursoon and Ashrait are also covered by this hospital.

The participants also asked the government to make it mandatory on the doctors hailing from Chitral to serve at least for five years in Chitral as they had taken admission in the medical colleges on the quota of the district and th

The district naib nazim Maulana Abdul Shakoor, addressing on the occasion, said that discussion on issues related to public services is a vital process which leads to their solution and holding of district platform was a positive gesture of SRSP.

He said that remaining within meager resources, the district government had prioritized the health sector and a number of measures were on the anvil which will make some tangible changes in the sector.

District health officer, Chitral, Dr. Israrullah termed the district platform as the bridge between the government and the community and said that the recommendations made by it will be earnestly considered for solution.

He said that the tehsil headquarters hospitals of Drosh and Booni had been upgraded to category D which will help solve the issues shortly.


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