Muzamil Dawar

MIRANSHAH: Like other parts of the country, the fourth wave of coronavirus has also affected merged tribal districts. Due to inadequate treatment facilities for coronavirus in the hospitals of North Waziristan, many people, particularly the women, lose their lives.

Shafqat Dawar from Moski village of Mir Ali tehsil had returned from China after the outbreak of coronavirus. He was initially tense and disturbed, but gradually he started believing that the pandemic might be a fiction. However, when his aunt was affected by coronavirus and it was diagnosed in hospital then he realized that it is a challenging reality which needs to be faced with caution and wit.

Shafqat Dawar said the hospital in North Waziristan did not have the oxygen facility due to which his aunt was shifted to city hospital, but she could not survive.

In the same hospital, the mother of Malik Yasin Hasukhel also died of coronavirus. Malik Yasin said when he took his mother to a hospital in North Waziristan, he was told that the oxygen stock may expire within one day and he must take his mother to Bannu. However, his mother died after few days.

Shafqat Dawar and Malik Yasin called upon the government to immediately provide all facilities related to coronavirus treatment in the hospitals of North Waziristan.

Health Department officials admitted that facilities were inadequate initially when the pandemic surfaced first time, but facilities were gradually provided to North Waziristan hospitals and the situation is much better now.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Hafeezullah told TNN that quarantine centres were established in Ghulam Khan Hospital, District Headquarters Hospital Miranshah, Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali and Civil Hospital Razmak to meet any emergency situation.

District Health Officer Dr Hafeezullah said isolation centres have been established in District Headquarters Hospital Miranshah, Civil Hospital Razmak, Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali and Ghulam Khan Hospital to meet any emergency situation. He said there is no shortage of oxygen at any health centre now due to which deaths from coronavirus have reduced.

Dr Hafeezullah said about 1,800 people are getting coronavirus vaccination on daily basis in nine centres in North Waziristan.

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