Both houses of the Afghan parliament—the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) and the Meshrano Jirga (upper house) have been put on lockdown until the end of the nationwide lockdown, due to COVID-19.
The parliament’s speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said that warnings from the Ministry of Health indicate that Kabul will be facing severe situations in the coming weeks.
“Staffers from the secretariat who are civil servants do not need to work during the lockdown, in view of the sensitive situation that exists there,” said parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers said that the names of those who are putting pressure on the doctors for testing must be disclosed.
“Strongmen are interfering and they want to take the opportunity to get a corona test; why are their names are not shared with the people of Afghanistan?” said MP Robina Jalali.
But, the Ministry of Health is apparently reluctant to name them.
“When it comes to the Ministry of Health, we report--and will continue to report-- each dollar or afghani we spend,” said Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.