Ministry Of Health Reports 1597 New Cases Of COVID-19

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 1597 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours.
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The ministry also reported 85 deaths and 471 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The total number of cases now stands at 91,458, while the number of reported deaths is 3,612. According to the statistics published daily by the Ministry of Health, the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the country is increasing.

The Ministry of Health has asked citizens to follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Acting Public Health Minister Wahid Majroh met with Faryab, Farah, Zabul, Balkh, Khost, Parwan and Helmand provincial health officials, to discuss their problems. Majroh called for procurement and installation of one-two hemodialysis machines at all COVID-19 hospitals.

Majroh reported that the MoPH purchased 4,500 oxygen balloons from Iran, that will soon arrive in Afghanistan, and that a trader will import up to 300 oxygen balloons from Uzbekistan on a daily basis, to help the Ministry cope with oxygen shortages. Majroh urged regional zones to distribute medical necessities as necessary and in a fairly manner.

Majroh directed provincial health officials to seriously monitor the closure of educational facilities and other crowded places.

On the vaccine front, Majrooh said that the Chinese government-assisted vaccine packages have so far been transferred to 13 provinces and will soon be sent to other provinces.

Majrooh said that 700,000 doses of vaccine sent from China were enough for about 350,000 people. “Afghanistan currently needs 48 million doses of vaccine, and the government can afford to buy 42 million doses, and as soon as a reliable source of the vaccine is found, it will buy the vaccine,” he said. AAccording to Majrooh, COVAX has delivered 500,000 of the 16 million doses of vaccine promised to Afghanistan and is scheduled to deliver another 500,000 doses to Afghanistan by the end of July.

Majrooh said the government has sought diplomatic assistance from the United States, Canada, Denmark and Qatar to meet its health needs.

Majrooh added that beds, medical equipment and healthcare workers in 60 to 70 percent of Covid 19 hospitals had more than doubled. Referring to the challenge of oxygen supply, he said that the Ministry of Health had installed oxygen generators in the last two weeks at four Covid-19 special hospitals in Kabul and is currently using them.

Majrooh, noting that oxygen generators have already been activated in several provinces, expressed hope that the 10 oxygen generators recently transferred to Kabul by UNICEF will soon be transferred from the institute to the 10 provinces.

Neighboring countries, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, have expressed readiness to provide Afghanistan with 300 to 500 oxygen balloons a day, the acting health minister said.
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“At least 4,500 oxygen balloons have been purchased from Iran, and the country also sends two liquid oxygen tankers to Herat every week,” he added.

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