Most Afghans Who Are Being Forced Out Are Suffering From Mental Health Issues

Afghans who settled in Pakistan in the past few decades during the war are now being deported, most of whom are suffering from mental issues due to this.

Experts at the government-established health camp in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber tribal district report that the majority of Afghan refugees who are coming home suffer from strain and mental disorders.

Approximately 30 to 40 per cent of individuals experience mental health issues. Over 500 refugees have been assessed by us in the past two days. According to Dr Hamaad Gul Mohmand, the director of the medical centre at the camp established for the repatriation of Afghan refugees, They include 40 per cent women as many men and 20 per cent children.”

Besides the high temperature, cold, and flu, he claims that patients often come to the camp complaining of loose movements, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, and syncope attacks brought on by fatigue and anxiety. All of these complaints are handled in accordance with policy.

In case patients need admittance or additional care, Rescue 1122’s workers and ambulances support the camp close to Hamza Baba Mazaar. The camp is fully prepared with emergency services and personnel.

Additionally, safety measures are provided by government workers who have been stationed at the facility by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), district administration, police, emergency response unit, and Frontier Corps.

According to Dr. Hamaad, they have all the necessary medications, including oral and injectable ones, for medical treatment and emergency care.

All of the camp’s visitors receive medical attention from a single doctor, a male and female nurse, and three medics before they leave for their home country at the Torkham border.

Dr. Hamaad stated that the Khyber provincial health director was in charge of overseeing the camp, which was set up under the health secretary’s orders. It will keep running as long as the deportation procedure is ongoing.

According to Dr Hamaad, patients from Afghanistan are still coming to clinics in Pakistan for expert care. The amount of evacuees may rise now that the government’s timeframe for return is over. A large number of them suffer mental health problems.

According to consultant psychiatrist Dr Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a significant number of Afghan refugees who were repatriated experienced psychological trauma and stress.

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