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Doctor shortage mars Ghor Hospital’s services

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Lack of physicians has marred health services in public hospital of western Ghor province, said health officials on Monday, adding that the problem was doubled after three of the hospital’s doctors resigned due to some unknown reasons.

Quoted by Radio Azadi, head of Ghor Hospital, Juma Gul Yaqubi, said the problem of lack of medical doctors highly increased after resignation of the three medical doctors from the hospital.

According to him, more than 600 patients visit the hospital on daily basis which is difficult for the staff to meet their demands. He warned that the remaining personnel of the hospital will resign if their problem was not addressed by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

“We are faced with 70 percent shortage of health workers, particularly doctors. Three of our medical doctors resigned due to rush of visitors and the remaining staff have warned to do the same if their demand was not met by the concerned organization,” he added.

Ali Mohammad Samadi, a medical doctor in Ghor Hospital, said lack of health workers and increase of patients has made their duty difficult. He was quoted by Radio Azadi, as saying that 32 medical doctors were supposed to be appointed for the hospital but now there are eight doctors and they cannot bear the work pressure on daily basis.

The provincial Public Health Directorate, Ghulam Nabi Yagana, also termed lack of health workers, in particular medical doctors, as main problem for the hospital, and said the MoPH has made efforts in this regard but most of doctors are not ready to work in the province because of security issues.

It is said that the Ghor Hospital has 100 beds but at least four patients are treated in one bed due to rising number of visitors.

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