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Editorial: Meager health facility

It is a fact that health service across the country is unsatisfactory, but slowly improving at the same time. The Ministry of Public Health have to oversee all matters concerning the health of Afghanistan’s population, and also take immediate action to provide satisfactory health services. According to Human Development Index, Afghanistan is the 15th least developed country in the world. Our average life expectancy at birth is reported at around 60 years. The country’s maternal mortality rate is 396 deaths/100,000 live births and its infant mortality rate is 66 to 112.8 d deaths in every 1,000 live births, according to Index. It is very annoying to learn that health serves is poor, despite showering of millions of dollars in every sectors, of course in health subdivision as well. Much thing should have been done in the past 16 years, but still we see our Afghans are going abroad for medical treatment. Despite we have 100 government-run and private or internationally-administered hospitals nationwide, but still the Afghans don’t get proper medical services. It is worth to mention that most advance medical treatments are available, such we have French Medical Institute for Children, Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, the last not the least, Jamhuriat Hospital the most popular hospital in Kabul. Besides having these updated hospitals, still people are flowing to foreign countries for treatment. But what about provinces, do we have health facility there as well. Surely we are lacking. There are no state-of-the-art hospitals, so the residents are in trouble and more prone to lose lives. The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Wednesday said health facilities across the country were unable to provide required services despite millions of dollars investment by donor over the years. Presenting and analytic report on the stat of public health facility in the country, IWA in a statement said it inspected 184 public clinics and hospitals in eight provinces built or operated with donor money. According to report, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars by the donor community on Afghanistan’s public health sector, these facilities across the country face major deficiencies. Four out of 10 health facilities lack potable water system while one in every five facilities has no electric at all. In spite of other problems, such as no ambulances, but the most important one was that a significant number (99 percent) of the facilities remain operational during day time. It should be 24/7. Anyone can fall sick anytime. The Ministry of Public Health has to come up to the fore with a comprehensive plan to keep these facilities active and provide them all necessary required needs.

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