The Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday said that the COVID-19 pandemic will hit its peak in the country in the next 4 weeks—adding that the people’s failure to respect health guidelines has been a key factor behind the rising number of positive cases of the coronavirus.
Acting Minister of Health Wahid Majroh said that the third wave of COVID-19 in Afghanistan is moving ahead more aggressively compared to the first and second waves.
“I have not seen my family for three months, I serve day and night,” said Mirnai Barat, an Afghan doctor.
“I was admitted to the hospital two days ago, I feel 60 percent better now,” said patient Sayed Yahya.
“We have lost 110 health workers since the outbreak of COVID-19,” said Wahid Majroh, acting minister of health.
Afghan-Japan hospital is one of the biggest COVID-19 treatment centers in Kabul with 120 doctors and nurses serving patients day and night. Of this number, 30 doctors and nurses are working in the ICUs where critical patients are being cared for.
Statistics by the health officials indicate that 110 doctors and health workers died of COVID-19 in the past 12 months.
Currently, 4,500 doctors and health experts are serving in COVID-19 centers and hospitals across the country while the number of cases continues to rise.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, 1,843 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of positive cases at 86,000 while another 3,156 people have died from the virus since the outbreak in the country.
Figures in the past two days:
The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 1,724 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 54 deaths.
These high numbers come amid continued reports of a lack of medical oxygen in hospitals to treat infected patients.
The ministry said that 4,959 samples were tested in the country’s laboratories in the last 24 hours.
In the same period, the ministry said, 54 COVID-19 patients died and 571 more recovered.
The total number of cases has reached 84,050 and the total death toll stands at 3,305.
The rise of COVID-19 cases in the third wave in Afghanistan comes as the vaccination campaign against the virus has stopped due to a shortage of vaccines. Afghanistan is awaiting the arrival of 700,000 vaccine doses from China.
Doctors said that children, teenagers and adults are among their patients, but COVID-19 is most damaging to adults.
On Monday, the ministry reported 56 deaths due to COVID-19, which was the highest number in 24 hours since the coronavirus was reported in Afghanistan in February 2020.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 3,737,523 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 173,643,616.