Medical aid in Afghanistan will run out within a week, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). Most health care facilities operate in the country, but some female staff did not come to work, and some patients are afraid to leave their homes and go to clinics. The dynamics of vaccinations and the number of tests for the coronavirus are also declining.
– We quickly delivered life-saving supplies to health facilities and our partners in Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduza, but the WHO only needs these supplies for a week. Yesterday we handed over 70 percent of these supplies to them, said the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Ahmed Al-Mandhari at an online briefing.
Coronavirus in Afghanistan
The WHO also expressed concern that the current tense situation in Afghanistan could lead to an increase in coronavirus infections as the number of tests performed fell by 77 percent last week. The dynamics of vaccinations is also falling.
WHO representatives said that 95 percent of health care facilities are currently operating in Afghanistan, but some female staff have not turned up for work, and some patients are afraid to leave their homes and go to clinics.
Medical aid deliveries suspended
Deliveries of more than 500 tons of medical aid from Dubai, including surgical equipment and kits for the undernourished, did not reach Afghanistan due to the restriction of civilian flights to the US-controlled airport in Kabul after the Taliban seized power.
Countries pledge assistance with the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
Richard Brennan, WHO’s director of emergencies in the Middle East, announced that several countries have offered to organize flights to Afghanistan and that the situation with humanitarian aid deliveries to the country is therefore to improve. – We are negotiating with three or four countries, we hope to resume flights – he said.
– There are some signs that the Taliban want the UN to stay here and that they want medical assistance to continue. We remain cautiously optimistic that a return to our relief operations will be possible and will increase in scale in the coming weeks, he added.
According to the WHO, over 18 million people, or more than half of the Afghan population, need humanitarian aid to survive. “These needs are increasing day by day,” Mandhari said.
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