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Insecurity pushes MoPH to shut medical centers in Helmand, Kunduz

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Due to mounting insecurity, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has shut its healthcare centers in different areas in Helmand and Kunduz provinces.

Wahidullah Malyar, spokesman for the MoPH, told Azadi Radio that due to ongoing fighting in Kunduz province, they are unable to provide healthcare services to people in Chahardara district and Tapah-e-Borida areas. “We have also shut our medical centers in Musa Qala, Sangin and Nawzad district of southern Helmand province,” he added.

Malyar said that they will not be able to provide healthcare services to people in the areas, unless security situation improves.

This comes at a time that recent fighting in Helmand and Kunduz provinces have displaced thousands of people, who are currently facing many challenges including lack of access to healthcare services.

A number of local people told Radio Azadi that if the clashes continued, many of trapped children and women will die due to lack of medicines. “There is no clinic in Chahardara district now and government has no control over the region,” said Hashmatullah, a resident of the district.

Mujib, a resident of Helmand province, said that there is no clinic or medical doctor in their areas and people are faced with many problems.

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