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Some MPs accused of hampering better health services

Some MPs accused of hampering better health services

Apr 24, 2017 - 15:23

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Public healthinfo-icon officials on Monday accused some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members of creating hurdles to efforts at the improvement healthcare services in southern Khost province.

Dr. Gul Mohammad Din Mangal, acting public health director, alleged some lawmakers from Khost impeded attempts at strengthening health services instead of playing resolve people’s problems.

Speaking at a meeting of doctors, he said a number of legislators were harming the national interest. “Unfortunately, our representatives warn ministers to hire their relatives or face a no-trust vote.”

Mangal said Khost was paid less attention in the healthcare area due to interference from public representatives. “I’m quoting Public Health Minister Dr. Firozuddin Firoz , who shared these views with our elders . We also believe changes to an office are essential…”

He urged Wolesi Jirga members, provincial council members and local officials to demand enough resources from the central government for the improvement of healthcare services.

“My sisters in remote areas lose their lives during regnancy, but my representatives seek personal favours from ministers by summoning them to the lower house. People have voted for their representatives to defend their rights,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, provincial council head Mujib Rahman Salimzoy Zadran told Pajhwok Afghan News he did not know the public representatives creating problems for health services’ improvement.

“We agree some Khost MPs are trying to get their blue-eyed people appointed as the public health director, but the issue that some of them create problems in delivery of services gas been cleared by Dr. Gul Mohammad Din,” he said.

But Kamal NasarOsuli, a lawmaker form Khost, rejected the public health director’s allegations. He said health affairs had not been going well over the past four years as the department was led by acting directors.

After President Ashraf Ghani came to office, the public health director post was announced and a doctor named Habib Shah Ansari won appointed on merit,” he said.

“But the mafia group -- supported by the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) -- is has been at work to prevent Habib Shah Ansari from taking leadership of public health,” he added.

Osuli also rejected claims he had asked the public health minister to appoint his friends to government posts.

“The public health minister knows the mafia group in the department; we would soon witness reforms in this area.” He said Khost’s representatives were committed to the developments of their province.


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