The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) denied there was a shortage of female doctors in Paktika to treat women injured in the earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan.
The relatives of people injured in the earthquake said they are faced with a shortage of female doctors to treat the wounded.
According to the MoPH’s spokesman, there are 500 doctors working to treat the people in Paktika.
A spokesman for the MoPH, Sharafat Zaman Amerkhail, said that female doctors in teams arrived in the area to treat the wounded.
“We have at least 500 female doctors. The doctors and medical employees from other provinces also arrived in the area. I don’t think there will be shortage of female employees there,” he said.
This comes as the residents of Paktika affected by the earthquake claimed that they lack female doctors to treat the women.
“Even one female doctor is not here to provide health services for the female wounded. There is a serious need for female doctors,” said a resident of Paktika.
Meanwhile, the MoPH said the absence of psychologists to provide mental service for residents is one of the main challenges.
“The only problem we have is the mental health need, to have people come to the area and work on people’s motivation,” Zaman Amerkhail said.