The Directorate of Public Affairs and Hearing of Taliban Complaints in the Balkh province, Afghanistan, has announced that male doctors are no longer allowed to treat female patients.

According to Afghan newspaper Hasht-e-Subah, the Taliban also announced that working rooms for male and female healthcare workers should be seperated, and female patients should reach out to female health workers instead of male ones for their problems.

It further banned men from walking into the rooms of female patients.


The Taliban have placed a number of restrictions on women including a ban on education, barring them from attending high school or university in December of last year. In November, 2022, the Taliban had banned women from entering Kabul’s parks or funfairs.