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Doctors, patients lack basic facilities in Chitral

Doctors, patients facing lack basic facilities in Chitral

CHITRAL: A representative of doctors on Sunday said patients as well as doctors in Chitral were facing a number of issues and lacked basic facilities.

Dr Abbas Hayat was speaking at a ceremony held to administer oath to the new cabinet of Chitral Doctors Forum (CDF).

He said the coronary care unity (CCU), intensive care unity (ICU), orthopedics, neuro-surgery and urology departments of the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital were without proper diagnostic facilities and specialist doctors.

As the Chitral DHQ hospital lacks facilities, serious patients are referred to Peshawar. However, there is no arrangement to transport such patients needing emergency care. Dr Abbas said there is also a lack of security inside the hospital.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure proper facilities for patients.

Doctors are also facing an acute shortage of accommodation due to which those coming from outside could not afford serving in Chitral.

He said many houses at the Doctors’ Colony in Singoor were still occupied by irrelevant people and the government should get the houses vacated.

MPA Molana Hidayatur Rehman, who chaired the function, said Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has allocated funds for Chitral more than other areas in the province.

He said work on road infrastructure and healthcare projects would be launched in Chitral after about five months.

Additional deputy commissioner (relief) Abdul Wali Khan paid tributes to doctors, paramedics and other staff who have been fighting the coronavirus since March.

He said the district administration would make efforts to resolve issues being faced by doctors and patients.

District ehalth officer (DHO) Dr Haiderul Mulk also spoke on the occasion.–Syed Nazir Hussain shah

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