Muzamil Khan Dawar
MIRANSHAH: The Civil Hospital in Gulshan Adda, Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district, has been reconstructed, but it remains non-functional due to unavailability of doctors.
Local people say the Civil Hospital was inaugurated in 1964 and the local population was about 5,000 at that time. However, the hospital remained closed from the year 2000 to 2020.
Before the military operation Zarb-e-Azb, the militants started using this hospital as their hideout. It compelled the local people of Hassukhel, Mulagan, Umarki Qila, Barokhel, Khushali Haiderkhel etc. to take their patients to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali, DHQ Hospital Miranshah or Bannu Hospital. The building of Civil Hospital was completely damaged during operation Zarb-e-Azb in 2014.
When displaced people returned to the area in 2017, they faced difficulties due to non-functional hospital. In 2019, the government released funds for reconstruction of the hospital and its building has been completed, but it could not be made functional for unknown reasons.
Malik Nisar Ali Khan, a local leader of Awami National Party (ANP), says work on establishment of eight residential quarters will also be launched soon for accommodation of the doctors serving in the hospital. He said the facilities of X-ray machine, laboratory, medical store etc. are available at the hospital, five health technicians have been appointed, but doctors and lady doctors have not been appointed yet.
An official of the district administration said on condition of anonymity that there are several dispensaries in North Waziristan which are non-functional due to non-availability of staff. He said the KP Health Department must take notice of the matter as the district administration has no capacity to raid all these health facilities to check the staff presence.
Youth of Waziristan President Noorul Islam Dawar told TNN that patients don’t come to Hassukhel hospital due to non-availability of staff. He called upon the government to provide staff in the hospital to end difficulties of local people who have to go to hospitals of far off area for medical treatment.
Deputy District Health Officer Dr Khalil Dawar said staff would be shifted to Hassukhel Hospital soon to provide healthcare facilities to local people.