SRSP-PPR Project organized Periodical meeting of DPH
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
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
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
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