IOM: Afghanistan Entering Second Wave Of COVID-19 Infections

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that with 620,000 migrants returning in 2020 and the resumption of in-person classes at school and universities with limited adherence to restrictions due to prevailing economic conditions, Afghanistan is entering the second wave of COVID-19 infections after the initial peak in June 2020.

Afghanistan has confirmed 40,768 Coronavirus cases with 1,511 deaths, however given the limited availability of testing resources, the true rate of infection is believed to be many times higher, the IOM said.

“Although most people are now aware of the dangers represented by COVID-19, we continue to see limited adherence to recommended prevention protocols,” says IOM Afghanistan’s Migration Health lead, Dr. Mohiuddin Khan.

“The high rate of health worker infections in Afghanistan has resulted in a major decline in hospital visits and rates of testing, therefore it is now more important than ever to continue a robust COVID-19 response while ensuring continuing access to life-saving basic primary care for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations.”

The organisation said that they were actively responding to COVID-19 across Afghanistan under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) with financial support totalling €1.25 million from the German Government’s Federal Foreign Office.

Germany’s funding will ensure the deployment of six Rapid Response to engage in active COVID-19 sample collection and the deployment of four Mobile Health Teams to continue provision of basic primary care inclusive of 20,000 health consultations.

IOM’s border level screening teams will continue border level surveillance at major border crossings with Iran and Pakistan.

“IOM’s message is clear – this is not over and everyone needs to be an active agent in resolving the pandemic,” Dr. Khan said.

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