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Local Girls In Chaghcharan







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Almost every building and every wall and Local girls in chaghcharan love their walls, the Afghans, understandably Lodal decades of constant conflict is made from a mud chaghcjaran straw combination. Last night igrls the latest in a series of attacks where hand-grenades have been lobbed into buildings at night. I ask whether the suspect is Taliban, but nothing is clear here — the lines between Taliban, its sympathisers and Islamic conservatives is blurred at best. Their influence is a lot more obvious. There are an estimatedpeople living in the province, and only four high schools.

Most children in the villages of Ghor have little hope of ever receiving an education. Most are illiterate and more interested in selling magic charms and amulets to the needy than assisting with schooling. The best customers for the mullahs' amulets are the sick. Access to health care is even worse than for education. Ghor has only five doctors and a single bed hospital in Chaghcharan -- a dusty village, nearly kilometers west of Kabul, which serves as the province's capital. The hospital has improved since the French delegation of the nongovernmental Medecins du Monde undertook to rebuild and supply it in November But it can still perform only basic surgical procedures.

Often that isn't enough. Medical care is the last resort in this devout and superstitious part of Afghanistan. Many of those who make it the hospital are already terminally ill. Women are especially vulnerable. Some have been bleeding for days from the complications of pregnancy before reaching the hospital. There is little doctors can do for them: In one case, an Afghan surgeon passed his own blood into the patient. The hospital is clean by Afghan standards and the pharmacy well stocked. But space is a problem. There is no special room for tuberculosis patients. They lie, coughing, on cots in the corridor.

There is no special section for children, either. A young boy winces and quietly weeps in a bed beside dying elderly men. A vat of boiling water scalded much of the boy's body.

Such cases are among the most difficult to deal with, say the doctors. The wounds of burn victims are often badly infected Local girls in chaghcharan the time the patients reach the hospital, and changing their dressings is difficult for the male nurses, who have little formal training. A sense of the medical challenge faced at the Chaghcharan hospital comes with the arrival of Mehman Gul, a year-old girl, carried by her father from a village 30 kilometers away. She is laid down on the floor, porcelain white, skeletal, barely breathing.

Then a bed was found for her see photo. She died in it an hour later, wasted away from typhoid and hunger.

Afghanistan: The Ill Confront Misery Of Medical Care In Remote Ghor Province

Noosh Afarin Shahab Dolati is the gigls gynecologist. She is working with a Medecins du Monde midwife to reduce the dangers of pregnancy for Ghor's women. Four local women are training as midwives. They will learn clinical procedures and public-health education. Some of them, it is hoped, will make trips to remote villages to urge traditional midwives to adopt medical practices.



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