The World Health Organization has warned that the Omicron and Delta variant of Covid-19 would produce a “tsunami” of Coronavirus cases which will severely impact the healthcare sector.
“I’m highly concerned that Omicron, being more transmissible [and] circulating at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at an online news conference on Wednesday.
The new variant of the Covid-19 has been recorded in Afghanistan’s two neighboring countries Pakistan and Iran.
The Afghan health sector has already fallen into a serious crisis and the economy is deterioraring.
The doctors warn that Omicron could affect the already feeble health system in the country.
“If the (Omicron) spreads to different parts (of the country), it will infect a large number of our people,” said Dr. Mohammad Shafiq Shirzai, a university professor.
The Afghan health sector lacks the medical products and equipment to tackle the new variant, according to the doctors.
“Whenever the kits are provided, our staff has the experience to recognize the (Omicron) variant, said Dr. Zalmai Reshtin, head of the Afghan Japan Hospital.
The citizens called on the Islamic Emirate to ramp up efforts to provide a good health system in the country.
“If Omicron spreads in Afghanistan, it will bring a catastrophe. The people lack access to hospitals and medical supplies,” said Sayed Mohammad, a resident of Kabul.
“The health organizations should be prepared to counter this variant in Afghanistan,” said Hadi Shams, a resident of Kabul.