TIMERGARA: Lower Dir was comparatively a less developed district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) badly affected by devastating earthquakes, floods and terrorism. However, the soil of Dir had been politically fertile which contributed noted mainstream political leaders including the current Jamaat-e-Isalmi (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, provincial chief of JUI-F Maulana Gul Nasib Khan, ANP secretary information Zahid Khan, PPP central leader senator Ahmad Hasan Khan, KP finance minister Muzaffar Said advocate besides female leaders MPA Uzma Khan from JUI-F, MPA Sobia Khan from PML-N and senator Zahida Khan from ANP, the plight of Dir is yet to change.
On top of all issues the district was faced with is health sector despite the fact that there was no shortage of basic medical centers in the district but lack of specialized physicians and medicines in these facilities force patients to visit the District Head Quarter hospital Timergara that is why always a hustle and bustle could be seen there, whereas those patients who could afford, prefer to visit Peshawar and other cities in connection with their treatment.
Though, the current provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had sanctioned a medical college in Timergara for more than 4 million populations of Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajur agency and chief minister Pervez Khattak on July 15, 2015 had formally inaugurated the college right after the ground breaking of Koto Hydel Power Project at Rani in Lower Dir, classes were yet to get star even after a lapse of one and a half year.
It is pathetic that Timergara medical college had been temporarily established in the building of Government Girls Commerce College sanctioned by the then Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister for commerce and technical education Mehmood Zeb Khan with a cost of Rs 130.50 million but neither classes of medical college nor that of the commerce college could started as yet while presenting a deserted look.
It merits a mention here that more than 60 percent students hailing from Dir had been compelled to go to other cities for getting medical education with a large number of talented students being deprived of achieving their goal in life as they cannot afford managing for getting the costly medical education in other cities.
Not only this, but also the non-functioning of Timergara medical college had hampered the DHQ hospital Timergara to get status of a teaching hospital despite the fact that it was the only DHQ hospital in KP with 4000 patients in the OPD on daily basis whereas a total of 450000 patients from Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajur agency besides that of hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals residing in these areas turn to the DHQ in connection with treatment.
“The provincial government was busy establishing medical colleges in less developed areas but it was not sincere to initiate classes in Timergara medical college”, naib Nazim Neighborhood council Malakabad Timergara Malik Ali Bakht told Pakistan Tribe (PT).
“The CM inaugurated Timergara medical college only for the sake of political point scoring, ANP Lower Dir former vice president Malik Sajjad Ahmad said and added had the provincial government been sincere classes in Timergara medical college would have started soon after its formal inauguration by chief minister Pervez Khattak .
District Health Officer (DHO) Lower Dir Dr Shaukat Ali told PakistanTribe.com that the current faculty of DHQ hospital Timergara consisted of specialized physicians who were able to manage for running classes in the medical college if the government was interested. He expressed the hope that the government would soon start classes in the well equipped Timergara medical college.