Afghanistan: 10000 People Infected With COVID-19, 650 Fatalities

Afghanistan: At least 10,000 COVID-19 cases and 650 deaths have been reported in Afghanistan In the last five months,  according to the Taliban.

Acting Public Health Minister Dr Abdul Bari Omar said on Saturday that efforts had been made to stop the spread of coronavirus, and that 8000 to 12000 individuals were given vaccine every day, according to Afghan News. The information was supplied by the public health minister at a time when health services have been disrupted across the country in recent months, causing hardships for people.

According to the ministry, the health sector was 90% reliant on foreign help, which has now been halted, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. Omar recognised a shortage of finances to create COVID-19 treatment hospitals across the country, but claimed efforts were underway with foreign support to handle the situation.

He further stated that the Taliban had negotiated the creation of ten oxygen-producing plants with UNICEF in order to avoid a shortage of the gas. According to Pajhwok Afghan News, he encouraged the international community to keep politics out of health care and to assist Afghans in this area.

According to the acting public health minister, Malnutrition of children is another issue, which he attributes to poverty, mothers' refusal to breastfeeding their infants, and market sales of unsanitary food products. According to him, 3.2 million children in Afghanistan are currently malnourished.

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