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To chagrin of women, only lady doctor in Paktika quits



To chagrin of women, only lady doctor in Paktika quits

Feb 06, 2017 - 15:16

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Despite enjoying many facilities, the only lady doctor in southeastern Paktika province has resigned, citing household problems, an official said on Monday.

Public Healthinfo-icon Director Dr. Wali Gul told Pajhwok Afghan News currently there was no lady doctor at any hospital in the province. He said Paktika was a large border province, where security was better.

But despite satisfactory security, no female doctor was willing to work in Paktika, the director regretted, saying his department offered good privileges, including accommodation.

“We don’t know the real reason, but the resigning lady doctor cited family issues,” Dr. Gul said. Referring to traditional restrictions in the province, he said people did not want male doctors to examine womeninfo-icon.

Efforts were being made with the support of a number of organisations to hire lady doctors, he added.

Rubina, a woman at the provincial civil hospital, said: “We are very disappointed as the only female doctor has left. The reason for her resignation is that she did not have the facilities she wanted.”

She warned: “If another female doctor is not hired, more women from Paktika may die of different curable diseases, because families here don’t permit them to visit male doctors for check-ups.”

Meanwhile, Sharan Civil Hospital Director Dr. Chinar Gul said dozens of health centres existed in the province, but there was not a single doctor -- a major challenge that should be dealt with on priority, he sighed.

Meanwhile, Dr. Homa Kakazai linked her resignation to personal problems. “There is not a good learning environmentinfo-icon for my children and here. Some other issues also drove my decision.”

The governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Ayaz, said they had invited a number of women doctors from other provinces to work in Paktika. “If they are willing to work in Paktika, we will provide them with facilities.”

Governor Ilyas Wahdat promised the issue would be resolved in the new solar yearinfo-icon. Some lady doctors had expressed their willingness to work in the province, he remarked.

Currently, 46 health centres are functional in the Paktika capital and districts. Nidwives and female nurses are discharging duties at some of the facilities, but there is not a single lady doctor.



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