By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: Simultaneous with influence of third wave of coronavirus, the Ministry of Public Health authorities said that Afghan citizens don’t observe health related advices and therefore containing the third wave would be difficult. These authorities have added that have undertaken drastic measures to fight the third wave, underscoring the key role of media in providing information to anticipate the new waves.
Acting MoPH Dr. Wahid Majroh addressing media in Kabul said that measures include capacity building of laboratories testing, creation of new laboratories for diagnosis of coronavirus in the capital and provinces, providing more beds of patients of COVID-19, supply of vaccines, supply and installation of Oxygen production units in the hospitals and training of medical workers. Dr. Majroh asked social media to help MoPH in this mission.
A number of people don’t attach any importance to new wave and due to this reason don’t observe medical instructions like social distancing, avoiding gatherings, use of mask etc. Therefore, the third wave would be followed with serious dangers, although the MoPH authorities announced compulsory use of mask in public places but unfortunately people don’t take it seriously. The MoPH authorities emphasized that mutant coronavirus has been quickly spreading in all provinces of Afghanistan. Based on MoPH data, since beginning of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, 70107 positive cases have been registered out of which 2894 people died and 57119 recovered.
Coronavirus has been spreading in a number of neighboring countries including India, Pakistan and Iran as the most positive cases have been recorded in eastern Nangarhar province bordered with Pakistan. The MoPH authorities said that so far they have administered vaccine to about 560000 people. Dr. Azizullah Aziz in Balkh hospital said, usually this virus causes cold while in some cases it causes acute respirating syndrome too. “Signs are fever, strong cough, asthma. Treatment period of virus is longer and its possible the patients would lose life.” He emphasized that this virus doesn’t transmit from people to people. The only prevention solution is quick diagnosis and immediate treatment of patient.