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Officials at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says the agreements for receiving $ 100.4 million in emergency aid from the World Bank and $ 40 million from the Asian Development Bank have been signed by the government and representatives of the two banks.
Vahid Majroh, Deputy Minister of Public Health, in a joint press conference with the heads of the World Health Organization and UNICEF in Afghanistan on Monday said that the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are working to strengthen the country’s health care system to fight the coronavirus.
Majroh added the World Health Organization and UNICEF are cooperating with the Ministry of Public Health in the technical aspect of implementing this assistance and its projects.
He added that $ 100.4 million in World Bank funding would be spent over three years in the immediate service sector to fight the coronavirus, strengthening Afghanistan’s healthcare system and reducing the risks posed by the coronavirus.
At least 8 laboratories for coronavirus testing will be built in Kabul and several other provinces, and the number of laboratories will increase from 7 to 15.
According to Majroh, the Asian Development Bank’s $ 40 million emergency aid project will also be implemented in three areas, including the construction of new COVID-19 hospitals, the provision of serious care equipment in 34 provinces, and the construction of ICU 1300 beds.
He stressed that although the threat of a coronavirus outbreak in the country is at the highest possible level, the public’s attention to the threat is still at an all-time low.
On the other hand, the heads of the World Health Organization and UNICEF in Afghanistan, while pledging to cooperate with the Afghan people and the Ministry of Public Health in the fight against the coronavirus and other health sectors.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 190 cases of coronavirus have been registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The deputy of MoPH, Wahidullah Majroh in a press conference said that around 498 suspected cases of coronavirus have been tested in the laboratories which 190 of them confirmed positive.
According to Majroh, the new cases include 41 cases in Paktia, 30 cases in Herat, 25 cases in Kandahar, 24 cases in Kabul, 17 cases in Balkh and 13 cases in Nangarhar province.
He added that 11 cases reported in Laghman, 9 in Farah, 6 in Sar-e-Pul, 5 in Kunar, 3 in Zabul, 2 in Paktika, and one case in each provinces of Khost, Uruzgan, Helmand and Nimroz.
He added that 52 patients have been recovered during the past 24 hours and 6 also died of the virus.
Officials at the Public Health department in Herat province say at least 30 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the province during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Herat Public Health Department, Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai said that 89 suspected samples of the coronavirus were tested in the laboratory which 30 of them confirmed positive.
According to Sherzai, the new cases include 16 men and 14 women which the total number of people infected with the coronavirus reaches 571.
In the meantime, Abdul Hakim Tamana the head of Herat Public Health Department said that there are three temporary hospitals in Herat with a total of 600 beds for the coronavirus, two of which have about 150 beds and 250 vacant beds in the hospital. No patient has been hospitalized in the third hospital.
Tamana added that the reason why fewer people are hospitalized is that people are interested in being cared at home, and now instead of hospitals, mobile teams are working and being brought to the hospital just for “bad” conditions.