The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Sunday, they had made all the preparations for managing the second wave of Coronavirus infections across Afghanistan.
MoPH spokesperson Akmal Samsor said that 560 oxygen generators had been sent to 34 provinces in the past two weeks.
“Currently, oxygen generators have reached 13 provinces and will soon reach other provinces,” he added, that this was all in preparation for a rise in cases.
“If positive cases [of COVID-19] increase in the fall or winter, we are fully prepared to treat patients.”
However, currently the cases seem to be declining, Samsor pointed. Due to this, efforts are being made to reduce the number of medical staff in hospitals, and even to close outpatient centres where no new cases had been admitted in the past few weeks.
This was being done to avoid wastage of resources and manpower.
Samsor added that currently there were 12 government laboratories and 10 private laboratories across Afghanistan, testing for Coronavirus, and plans were underway to establish more such facilities.
“The money that the World Bank has given to help fight the Coronavirus… MoPH cannot spend it directly and can only help manage it. The money must be spent through implementing agencies,” Samsor explained.