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Laghman health clinics resume services after 45 days

Laghman health clinics resume services after 45 days

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Jul 30, 2017 - 15:33

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Health clinics, mostly run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), have been reopened after remaining closed for 45 days due to security threats in eastern Laghman province.

The clinics were closed after the SCA wanted to rehabilitate a clinic in Alingar district, but Taliban militants threatened the committee over doing so.

Salahuddin Momand, SCA spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebels had demanded the construction of a clinic in an area under their control.

While residents of Sangari locality where the clinic is located had asked them to appoint a surgeon in the clinic. He said the clinics had been reopened and services had resumed as usual.

Governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak said the clinics had been reopened and issues regarding health facilities had been resolved.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the SCA-run clinics did not provide proper services to people.

He said: “Due to the lack of medicines and professional doctors, the SCA has not been providing best facilities to people and just wants to earn publicity. The SCA was told to provide good services to people otherwise the Taliban would consider other options.”

Earlier, residents of Alishang and Aingar districts had told Pajhwok Afghan News that the closure of clinics had created many problems for local residents.

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