Health Ministry Tries To Resolve Oxygen Problem

Kabul: Acting Public Health Minister Vahid Majroh held a remote meeting with World Bank representatives to discuss the purchase of oxygen machines.

Majroh called for the World Bank’s cooperation to accelerate its efforts in purchasing eight promised oxygen machines, and added that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) requires 10 machines, to curb one of the main challenges during the 3rd wave of COVID-19.

Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Habib Ahmadzai assured of the Bank’s continued cooperation with the MoPH, and added that providing oxygen machines topped its priority. Both sides also discussed ways to provide COVID-19 vaccine for Afghanistan, and Majroh said that the vaccine is the only effective method to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) stated that it has delivered 50% of the 700,000 Chinese sinopharm vaccine and gave assurances that it is not injurious to health, as the World Health Organization has approved it.

Deputy MoPH Spokesman Mirwais Alizai said that the vaccine may be followed by vomiting, mild fever, nausea, boredom, anorexia, or muscle that is injured, redness, and swelling or pain, but these symptoms are not of a concern. Statistics by the MoPH indicate that over 900,000 individuals have so far received COVID-19 vaccine.
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Meanwhile, Majroh met with International Committee of the Red Cross’s health representatives on Monday, and discussed joint cooperation. Majroh called for ICRC’s cooperation in providing emergency kits, required equipment for the COVID-19 hospitals, purchasing oxygen machines, and training healthcare personnel.

This comes even as the MoPH has recorded 1,485 new COVID-19 cases and 77 deaths. The total cases now stand at 127,464 while death toll is 5,360. The ministry also announced that the number of black fungus cases has risen to seven.

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