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The Qatari embassy in Kabul said its government’s donation of 8.5 tons of medical supplies will be arrived in Afghanistan tomorrow on Tuesday.
According to the embassy, the supplies include masks, gloves, other preventative items and medical equipment.
The embassy added that the medical supplies would be flown to Kabul on a special flight and then handed over to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.
The National Procurement Commission has announced that 43 procurement contracts, including the construction of a 100-bed COVID-19 hospital in 5 provinces have been approved.
The commission’s session, which held on Monday discussed 44 preparatory issues, 43 of which were worth more than 17 billion afghanis.
The projects include four health contracts, including 100-bed hospital construction for COVID-19 patients in 5 provinces.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 408 new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The MoPH officials said that with the registration of the new cases the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country reaches 7,072.
According to the MoPH information, at least three patients have died of the virus during the past 24 hours and 23 others have recovered.
The total number of recovered patients reaches to 801 and the death toll reaches 173.
Local health authorities in Herat province say 95 new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the province during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Herat Public Health Department, Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai said that 142 samples of the coronavirus were tested in the laboratory which 95 of them confirmed positive.
According to him, the new cases include 56 men and 39 women.
It is noteworthy to be mentioned that the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Herat reaches 1,248 with 24 death toll and 193 recovered patients.
Access to accurate information helps reduce anxiety and serves to empower Afghanistan’s communities in the fight against COVID-19, said participants in a recent series of UNAMA-backed radio programmes broadcast across the country.
UNAMA in a press release said in the pre-recorded interactive shows, which have so far aired in six provinces, health experts and radio hosts answered questions posed by local residents and discussed the importance of media conveying facts to communities that cannot otherwise access reliable information about the health crisis.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has a major impact on mental health, causing depression, anxiety and panic,” said Dr. Jamal Alavi, the head of COVID-19 provincial taskforce in Bamyan, in one of the programmes broadcast in the central highlands province. “Access to reliable information is crucial in helping to ease tension and reduce mental disorders in Afghanistan’s communities.”
The press release added that
during the programmes, hosts also talked about the impact of social distancing and long periods of isolation caused by COVID-19, and discussed the importance of fostering a collective sense of responsibility in getting through the health crisis, including by sharing reliable information.
According to Indian and Afghan authorities, over 140 Afghans stranded in Pune were flown back to Kabul from Pune in a special flight on Sunday. The flight took off from Pune airport on Sunday afternoon.
The special KAM flight that arrived in Pune with nine Indian nations stranded in Afghanistan. While returning back, the plane carried the 143 Afghans back to their homes.
The 143 included cadets from Afghan National Defence Academy (NDA) and Afghan military officers engaged in other courses in Pune.