KABUL: Afghanistan is experiencing the third wave of the COVID-19, which is dramatically increasing and infecting large number of people in recent weeks. Although the government of Afghanistan has taken steps to contain the spread of the virus across the country, unfortunately the disease is still on the rise.
Official figures indicate that more than 100,000 people have been infected with the disease since the beginning of the epidemic, and more than 3,000 people have lost their lives due to the disease. In June 2021, the United Nations announced that a second shipment of nearly 500,000 doses of vaccine had been prepared for Afghanistan and would enter the country in the near future to vaccinate 20% of the population.
Since May 2021, the United Nations has provided more than $83 million in assistance, including the establishment and support of 28 laboratories, the provision of more than 19 million pieces of personal protective equipment for the front-line health workers, and the screening of more than 11 million people.
In addition, on June 9, 2021, the United Nations in Afghanistan, led by WHO and UNICEF, provided 3,750 oxygen balloons to Afghanistan and it is working with the Ministry of Public Health to set up 10 oxygen productions in hospitals across the country.
“The United Nations is committed to continuing to work with the Government of Afghanistan and its people in this crisis, which, in addition to years of conflict, has been facing by poverty and climate change,” the statement added.
The United Nations has said in a statement that Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus in Afghanistan. “If there is no immediate international support for Afghanistan, the situation could quickly get out of control,” Amnesty International said in a statement.
“The implementation of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted due its shortage. We need to learn from the situation in Nepal and India and prepare for the worst one before it is too late,” the statement noted. Amnesty International, meanwhile, has emphasized that the Afghan government must address oxygen shortage, provide adequate vaccines and other essential medical equipment with the support of the international community.
Amnesty International expressed concern over the third wave of the virus, with the World Health Organization saying medical aid and basic medicines have arrived in Kabul on a special flight from Dubai.
The organization’s regional office in Afghanistan tweeted that the aid was being provided in cooperation with the Russian embassy in Kabul.
The World Health Organization has stated that the aim of the assistance was to improve health services in Afghanistan and increase the country’s capacity, especially in the fight against the third wave of the coronavirus. China has already provided 700,000 doses of vaccines to Afghanistan, which will soon be implemented throughout the country.
The country’s Ministry of Public Health also said that the mutated form of the coronavirus has been on the rise since the Eid of Ramadan, and that it would be difficult for the ministry to curb the third wave if the citizens do not observe health requirements.
“Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in a number of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, including India, Pakistan and Iran, so our people should follow all health tips as most of the positive cases of the virus have been recorded in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan,” the ministry warned.
The ministry also said about the vaccine that so far, about 560,000 people have been vaccinated against pandemic and the process is still going on and the new vaccine arrived from China will be applied to other citizens in the provincial capitals.
A number of health experts, emphasizing the observance of health principles and points, say that the Afghan government alone cannot fight the virus and must be cooperated and supported by the international community to fight the disease. However, no treatment has so far been found for the virus and China as the first victim may have seen heavy casualties with other world countries witnessing thousands of deaths.