Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday recorded 1,847 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 78 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The total number of cases now stand at 105,749, while the death toll is 4,293. In fact, concerned about the lack of oxygen and medical needs, the Ministry of Public Health warned that the threat of the coronavirus persists in the country and that the number of hospitalized patients is increasing.
The ministry also warned that all provinces in the country are affected by the third wave, but preparations are under way to contain the virus. Officials at the Ministry of Public Health emphasize that the central, western and southern provinces of the country, in addition to the eastern provinces, are witnessing an increase in cases. Previously, the focus of the health sector was on controlling the virus in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kabul, Balkh and Kandahar provinces, but now the third wave has spread across the country.
In Ghazni, Laghman, Kunar, Logar and Daikundi provinces, despite the problem of electricity shortage, oxygen generators have been set up, and in Baghlan and Parwan provinces, oxygen is used extensively for coronavirus patients. The Acting Minister of Public Health also spoke at the press conference about the efforts to install and activate 10 oxygen generators donated to Afghanistan by UNICEF and the ministry plans to purchase several oxygen generators from Turkey with the help of the World Bank.
Meanwhile in other news, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will inaugurate a hospital in the city of Zaranj in Afghanistan, Farid Moradian, deputy head of IRCS for health, treatment, and rehabilitation, has announced.
Located in Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan, the 32-bed hospital is ready for operation, he said, IRNA reported on Sunday. Referring to the services that will be provided in this hospital, he explained that the medical center has a general operating room, gynecology, pediatrics, dental departments, dermatology, maternity and midwifery services, ultrasound, laboratory, nursing services, vaccinations, pharmacy, general practitioner and specialist.
A hospital has also been set up in Kabul city that is being equipped and prepared, he concluded. The IRCS polyclinic center includes various departments such as laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and physiotherapy, and general practitioners along with obstetricians, gynecologists, internal medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmologists, and dentists.
The important point in establishing medical centers abroad is that all of these centers are self-governing and earn their income by providing services to patients in the mentioned countries,” Karim Hemmati, IRCS head, had said.