Kabul: Dr. Wahid Majrooh, Acting Minister of Public Health, discussed how to increase the capacity of health workers in a meeting with officials of relevant departments on Monday.
The Acting Minister of Public Health stressed on the need to raise the level of knowledge of health workers in hospitals and called on the relevant departments to conduct the needs assessment in health centers to determine in which departments health workers need training. He instructed the relevant departments to identify the needs of health workers in the education department, prepare a comprehensive training plan, and include all health service delivery departments, including management departments, in accordance with that plan, launch educational courses inside and outside the country.
He also reminded the officials of the purchase of medical devices from the government budget and said that the government is going to buy advanced medical devices for the health sector and health workers need to be trained in how to use medical devices. He added that sharing the skills of Kabul medical professionals with the provinces and provincial hospitals with neighboring provinces is also part of the ministry’s training programs.
This comes even as MoPH recorded 708 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 35 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases now stand at 145,008, while the death toll is 6,515.
Also, the Ministry of Health has announced that the World Health Organization has provided 500 oxygen concentrators to the Government of Afghanistan. A statement issued by the Ministry of Health on Monday stated that the devices had been handed over to Vazhma Salemi, Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration of MoPH.
The statement said that Lyuda Peng, the director general of the World Health Organization in Afghanistan, said at the meeting that the organization hoped that these devices would be used to fight the third wave of the corona in Afghanistan. Salemi appreciated the help and cooperation of the World Health Organization and said that these devices will be distributed fairly to the health centers that need them. Oxygen concentrators assisted by the World Health Organization have the capacity to produce 8 liters of oxygen per minute.