MoPH Records 1,226 New COVID-19 Cases

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health on Thursday recorded 1,226 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 84 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The total number of cases now stand at 131,586, while the death toll is 5,561

Meanwhile, Acting Public Health Minister Vahid Majroh held an emergency meeting with healthcare providers on Wednesday, to stress the need to strengthen the provision of emergency health services across all health centers.

Majroh described the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) as an impartial and non-political body, and called on healthcare providers to maintain their neutrality, in providing health services, in accordance with the principles of medical care, and treat all patients and wounded individuals regardless of their factional ties.

Majroh added that the country is in a state of war and that taking care of citizens’ health is the main priority for the MoPH, and he instructed healthcare providers to strengthen the fight against COVID-19 and routine health services, in addition to dealing with emergency cases.

Healthcare providers pledged to continue providing health services across healthcare centers, and urged the MoPH to cooperate to address challenges.

Also, 50 machines of 10 liters of small oxygen generating machine (Concentrator 10L) with the help of Singapore Red Cross machine were sent to Covid-19 hospital and the rest 50 others will be sent soon. It is worth mentioning that the Singapore Red Cross had already donated 100,000 masks to the Afghan people.

On the other hand, MoPH has developed a plan with educational institutions according to which schools and universities will reopen after Eid al-Adha (Eid days are from July 20-22). Publicizing the plan, the MoPH stated that despite the fact that COVID-19 is still on the rise, a plan was developed on the reopening of schools and universities, to prevent the adverse economic effects of the virus.

The MoPH added that the plan was developed in collaboration with the Ministries of Higher Education and Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, and the union of private schools, which envisions options for schools and universities to open gradually after Eid al-Adha. The MoPH noted that the plan is feasible if COVID-19 vaccine is implemented, maximum use of open space is observed during examination, and other teaching conditions such as wearing masks, maintaining a standard social distancing, and providing soap and water are observed. The MoPH added that employees of educational institutions over 18 should be vaccinated, which will start on July 10 and will complete within 2 weeks.

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