‘Patients are forced to visit private clinics in Ladha Tehsil’

CJ BUSHRA MEHSUD

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: People of Tehsil Ladha in South Waziristan district have complained that neither there are proper medical facilities available nor doctors are ready to perform their duties. They asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take notice and provide relief to the people of the tribal district.

A resident of Ladha Tehsil, Salim Khan, while talking to the TNN said that in most of the hospitals no medicines are available and the poor patients have to purchase it from the market. Salim added that due to lack of proper facilities in Ladha, they have to take the patients to far-flung districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank where facilities are also not up to the mark.

“The doctors come to the hospitals just for attendance,” alleged Salim “Though the patients are passing through a very difficult situation, however, there is no one ready to hear their grievances and provide them solace.”

Another resident, Shoaib Mehsud told the TNN that due to unavailability of medicines and doctors at the hospitals, they are forced to take the patients to private clinics. “If there were proper facilities available in the hospitals, they wouldn’t have rushed their patients to private clinics,” said Mehsud.

On the other hand, he lamented that there is also no ambulance facility available. “There is an ambulance facility available in the hospital, but the doctors are using it for their private clinics,” Shoaib accused the doctors of government hospitals.

Whenever there is an emergency, the people have rushed to hospitals in their private vehicles. While those who have no personal vehicles look for vehicles on rent which further increases the cost of availing medical treatment.

Talking about the basic health units, Salim said there are no doctors or medicine available. Locals have demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to give special attention to hospitals in the tribal district and forced the doctors to perform their duties. They asked the government to ensure the availability of proper medicine and ambulance service.