The Ministry of Public Health is forming a team to assess the nation's health service and medical centers across Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.
The deputy minister of health services, Abdul Bari Omar,said that the private hospitals would be evaluated based on their capacities. According to Omar, the ministry would suspend the activity of those hospitals which lack standard health measures.
“A national monitoring committee was formed. It is formed of members of all departments of the Health Ministry. The practical work will start today. The team will go and assess the drugstores and medical centers,” Omar said.
But drugstore owners said that the closure of the borders was the main reason for the surge in medical prices.
“Afghanistan doesn’t produce the medicines. We are obliged to import it from neighboring countries. The borders are closed and the prices are spiking,” said Bariyalai Ahmadi, a drugstore owner.
The citizens also expressed concerns over the high price of the medicines. Due to their economic problems, the citizens said that they were incapable of buying the drugs.
“The price of the medicines is high. The drugstores should be monitored to control the prices,” said Abdul Wahab, a resident of Kabul.
This comes as tens of medical centers have been closed due to the recent economic crisis that engulfed the Afghan health sector. A large number of health employees left their jobs due to not being paid for a long time.