KHYBER AGENCY

Since long the tribesmen are facing shortage of health facilities in their respective areas and the situation got worse when the supply of medicines to 13 Basic Health Units (BHUs) have been stopped for the last four months in all three tehsils of Khyber Agency.

The elders of different tribes demanded the Health Secretariat, Fata to immediately provide medicines to BHUs.

Sher Haidar, elder of Kam Shelman, said that patients were not getting the required medicines and compelled to go to far-off areas for treatment of minor diseases.

He said that the Kam Shelman locality was 13km away from Landi Kotal Headquarters Hospital but having single BHU to treat patients. He said that the unavailability of medicines had increased the troubles of patients.

Regretting the stoppage of medicines to Torkham BHU, Asad Shinwari said that more than one hundreds patients, including 60 kids, were treated on daily basis in the hospital.

He demanded the Health Directorate, Fata to immediately ensure supply of free medicines to BHU in the area.

Sources from the Primary Public Health Institution (PPHI) said that as many as 10 BHUs were functional in Khyber Agency while three of them had suspended services in Bara due insurgency.

Most of the BHUs have been established in far-flung areas of the Khyber where there is no other big hospital to meet the requirements of the areas' masses.

When contacted, Director Health Fata Secretariat Dr Fawad said that the provision of medicines to BHUs was the responsibility of PPHI. He said that the  contract for provision of medicines to BHUs was awarded to PPHI.

On the other side, sources from PPHI termed the Fawad's statement wrong, saying the Health Department Fata had stopped funds for medicines to BHUs.