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UNFPA Establishes ‘Family Health Houses’ in Quake-Ravaged Southeastern Afghanistan

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The United Nations Population Fund announced the establishment of 18 new “family health houses” in the earthquake-ravaged Paktika province of southeastern Afghanistan, in an effort to expand its services for women, girls, and children.

Dr. Aleksandar S. Bodiroza, the UNFPA’s representative in Afghanistan, tweeted on Tuesday, October 18, that these 18 family health centers had been set up in Paktika province.

These centers, he claims, provide 24-hour care for pregnant women and babies in addition to providing other “life-saving” maternal, reproductive, and newborn services.

Following a deadly earthquake in Paktika province four months ago that killed over a thousand people, residents have complained about a lack of basic health services.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) reported that the earthquake destroyed approximately 2,100 houses in the Paktika province districts of Gayan and Barmal, as well as the Khost district of Spera.

According to the WFP report, 1000 houses were destroyed in the Gayan district, 300 houses in Paktika province’s Barmal district, and 800 other residential houses in Khost province.

The destruction of residential and other service structures made essential services inaccessible to the affected people, and it was even reported that the quake-affected region could be the site of a disease outbreak.

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