Coronavirus Update in Afghanistan (10); From Lack of Equipment in Health Centers to the Establishment of Sampling Centers in Kabul

Officials at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) say that with 40 new positive cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country has reached 484.

The Minister of Public Health, Firuzuddin Firuz, said in a press conference on Thursday that 40 new cases, including nine in Kandahar province, have been recorded in the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus in Afghan Provinces

Local officials in Paktia province say four members of a family have also been infected with the coronavirus.

The Paktia governor’s office said Thursday that 4 new cases of coronavirus had been reported in the province and that the number of people infected with the virus in Paktia had risen to nine.

On the other hand, the Ghazni governor’s office said Thursday that another positive Corona case has been registered in the province and that the number of people infected with the Corona virus in Ghazni has reached to six.

Meanwhile, the Ghazni governor’s office said in a statement on Thursday that one patient Infected with the Coronavirus has died of the coronavirus in COVID-19 20-bed hospital of the province.

Health officials in Daikundi province have also reported that a personnel of Daikundi health care has contracted the virus.

Ishaq Ali Darman, head of public health department in Daikundi province, told Reporterly, “The case of one of our health care personnel has been positive and we have expelled him and quarantined his family.”

The death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 16 and the number of people recovering in the country has risen to 32.

Government Measures to Tackle Coronavirus

Following the increase in the number of viruses being spread across the country, the Interior Ministry said in a statement that due to the spread of coronavirus, the police are obliged to seriously implement the restrictions in order to ensure the lives of citizens.

The Interior Ministry added that the movement restrictions in Kabul is being implemented more seriously than before.

Meanwhile, the press office of the Pul-e-Charkhi Central Prison said in a statement that 150 prisoners had been released from the Pul-e-Charkhi Central Prison on Thursday following a presidential decree to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Following the efforts to control the outbreak of the virus in Herat, the Corona Virus Management Center has started operating in the province.

The Herat governor’s office said in a statement that the center opened on Thursday and the authorities of the coronavirus committee were instructed to work 24 hours a day, in addition to leading the anti-virus management.

Coronavirus Control

In the meantime, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release, the Corona virus information application has been launched.  The application, which was launched on Thursday was created in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

“The app aims to collect and provide Corona virus figures, provide health and the guidance, self-testing for coronavirus infection, and identify of areas where it is circulating,” said Minister of Public Health.

Mr. Firuz also said that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and identifying people with the virus in Kabul, the ministry has set up 22 sampling centers to identify people with the coronavirus in key parts of Kabul and to evacuate patients with the coronavirus.

The Darulaman Palace with a capacity of 300 beds, as well as the dormitories of the Polytechnic and Kabul universities have been prepared for the Ministry of Public Health.

54 Million Liters of Disinfectant

The Department of Public Health says it needs more than 54 million liters of ethanol (disinfectant) and more than a million protective kits, which are impossible to obtain from abroad to fight the coronavirus.

Minister of Public Health in a press conference in Kabul said that the ministry was working to provide the equipment with the help of domestic producers and to set up a production factory in accordance with regional standards inside the country.

He added that although the ministry had imported more than 100,000 types of protective kits, but the equipment was not enough.

According to Mr. Firuz, the factory will start operating in three days and will have the capacity to produce 10,000 types of masks per day. These devices will be provided to doctors and people who come in contact with patients.

He also said that the production of ethanol liquid will begin soon.

Despite all efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and the lack of equipment in the country’s health centers, Pakistan has also decided to open the Torkham and Chaman border crossings to Afghanistan three times a week from Monday (April 22nd); on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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