Amid of increasing positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan, a number of international organizations have informed of cooperation with the country’s health sector.
Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health is asking for cooperation in providing ventilators, oxygen and COVID-19 vaccines. Currently, the third wave of coronavirus which has raised concern of the country’s health organs and World Health Organization is spreading rapidly in the country.
It is estimated that the number of those infected for COVID-19 is more than the official number announced by MoPH on daily basis as most people do not go to hospitals for COVID-19 tests.
A number of international health organizations have recently informed of cooperation with MoPH in responding the pandemic in the country.
On the other hand, UNICEF says it has accelerated efforts towards cooperation with Afghanistan in health sector.
“UNICEF is honoured to have continually cooperated with the Afghan ministry of public health in procurement the COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment, advocacy and public awareness,” said Faridoon Arian, a spokesperson to UNICEF. He said that the organization was committed to continued support to MoPH in the respective fields.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Organization for Coordination the Humanitarian Agency (UN OCHA) says the real number of COVID19 patients as well as death toll might be double due to the fact that most people do not go hospital.
The country’s ministry of public health says relevant health organizations can cooperate with MoPH in standardizing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), installation of oxygen systems, capacity building of health personal in provinces where PCR tests are no carried out.
Following the third wave of coronavirus in Afghanistan, ministries of education and higher education have extended limitations on schools and universities for another two weeks in 16 provinces of the country.
MoPH says in addition to closing schools and higher education institutions, wedding salons, sport clubs and swimming pools will be also closed.
Although concerns over increasing positive cases of coronavirus are increasing, Afghans unfortunately do not take the pandemic seriously as most people do not care of the instructions of the ministry of public health. A number of Afghans have forgot to observe health instructions as social distance, wearing masks and washing regularly the hands. This will further increase positive cases of the virus among the people.
It is worth mentioning that the rise of COVID-19 cases in the third wave in Afghanistan comes as the vaccination campaign against the virus has stopped due to a shortage of vaccines. Afghanistan is awaiting the arrival of 700,000 vaccine doses from China. Doctors said that children, teenagers and adults are among their patients, but COVID-19 is most damaging to adults. On Monday, the ministry reported 56 deaths due to COVID-19, which was the highest number in 24 hours since the coronavirus was reported in Afghanistan in February 2020.