Health officials said that thirty-four hospitals and centers treating COVID-19 patients have been closed after international aid was cut off in Afghanistan.
The deputy minister of health services provisions Abdul Bari Omar said on Wednesday that the World Bank and European Union have committed to support Afghanistan’s health sector till 2024, but after the political changes, the flow of international aid halted in Afghanistan.
“The World Bank and European Union made commitments, they broke their commitments, the World Bank was committed to fund coronavirus project in Afghanistan until 2024, but they cut it off,” said Abdul Bari Omar.
This comes as the Afghan-Japan Hospital officials and staff announced on November 10 that the center will be closed if the medical staff does not receive five months' worth of unpaid wages within the week.
Officials and medical staff of the Afghan-Japan Hospital began their strike last Tuesday, claiming the hospital faces a lack of medicine and medical equipment.
“Now, we do not have the medicine which are good for treating COVID-19 patients,” said Bilal, a pharmacist at Afghan-Japan.
“Provincial patients were going to centers in their provinces, but now, of course, they come to Afghan-Japan, and we no not have enough capacity here,” said Zalmai Raishtin, Head of Afghan-Japan Hospital.
In the meantime, citizens are deeply worried about the closure of COVID-19 centers, and ask other countries to support Afghanistan’s health sector.
“There are so many worries and disappointments, people are worrying what to do if the centers close,” said Fatima, a relative of patient.
It was reported that the COVID-19 outbreak will spread in the cold weather.
The World Health Organization WHO warned in September that Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse.