Ghor [Afghanistan], Jan 8 (ANI): Local residents of Afghanistan’s Ghor province have warned that if the Taliban-led health ministry continues to ignore the current health sector crisis in Ghor province, patients will die . The already critical situation has worsened due to the Taliban’s ban on women working, as there are no female doctors or patient caregivers, Khaama Press reported citing local sources.
The Khaama Press reported that it quoted a resident of Tolak district, Obidullah, who complained about the shortage of medicine and health facilities at the district clinic. He told Hasht-e-Subh that in previous years, patients used to get various medicines from the clinic, which has now been discontinued.
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Notably, this may be due to winter in the province causing snowfall that blocks key roads connecting Ghor to other major cities such as Kabul and Herat blocking any possible aid.
There is also a significant shortage of female physicians and genealogy specialists that needs to be addressed. The Khaama press report mentions, according to the sources, that only two women doctors are serving in the provincial hospital in that province. Obstetric and gynecological patients do not receive adequate treatment and face serious risks during childbirth.
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Earlier, the United Nations International Rescue Committee (IRC), a New York-based human rights organization working in Afghanistan, has decided to withdraw from the country following the Taliban’s decision to ban NGO workers last month.
“Without female staff at all levels and in all sectors, we cannot deliver principled aid and programs at scale to those most affected by this crisis. The challenges apply to all sectors of the humanitarian response, not only for programs related to protection, gender-based violence and women’s empowerment,” the IRC said in a statement on January 5.
And in another effort to lift the ban, the top UN diplomat in Afghanistan met Taliban-appointed education minister Mohammad Nadeem in Kabul on Saturday and called for the bans to be lifted urgently to female education and to work for humanitarian agencies.
“Afghanistan is entering a new period of crisis. The Taliban’s bans on female education and work for aid agencies will harm all Afghans. UN envoy Potzel Markus called the urgent lifting of the bans in a meeting today with the Minister of Higher Education of the de facto authorities. Moh. Nadeem,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a tweet. (ANI)
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