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BAGHLAN PROVINCE, Oct. 2—Until now, anyone seeking treatment at the Baghe Shamal comprehensive health clinic in Dande Ghori had to wait outside, sometimes in harsh weather conditions.
But the local department of health teamed with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Baghlan province to end this intolerable situation. Local residents have built a new waiting room for females, which has helped increase the number of people travelling to the clinic.
“During the winter months, large crowds of people waiting to see a doctor would have to wait outside. When the weather was really bad or it was a hot summer day, many people could not tolerate the long wait and returned to their homes without even getting treated,” says Dr. Abdul Rahim Nagar.
The waiting room not only benefits the patients, but also the clinic staff who use the rooms for meetings. It can also be used to address large groups during public information campaigns.
“We had already built a wall around the clinic and, when it was completed, the clinic staff asked us to build a waiting room. The wall has so far been hugely beneficial both for staff and patients. We hope that everyone will benefit just as much from the waiting room,” says László Fekete, a Hungarian, who is deputy commander of the PRT.
Provincial shura leader Narya Hamidi says she is grateful to local residents who helped with the construction and was impressed with PRT efforts to improve health services in the province.