As the number of coronavirus infections in Afghanistan increases, a group of religious scholars and doctors began a mobile awareness campaign on Sunday to address the threat of coronavirus in Kabul.
The scholars and doctors are scheduled to go to various parts of Kabul with a convoy of vehicles under the name "Voice of the pulpit and the doctor" to inform the people about the risk of COVID-19.
Religious scholars are urging citizens to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Public Health and the fatwas issued by the Ministry of Hajj about the dangers of the coronavirus to protect themselves, their families and society.
“We want to send a message to the people to stay in their homes to avoid the danger of the coronavirus. Don't leave your home without a serious need. The virus is now circulating in the city, and, if neglected, the number of people infected with the virus will increase,” said Abdul Salam Abid, chairman of the supreme commission of the Ulema to fight the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Public Health considers the threat of COVID disease in the country potentially "catastrophic" and has repeatedly called on the public to take health advice seriously.
“Now, not only Afghanistan but the whole world is facing a difficult situation. We are facing an enemy that cannot be seen with eyes, not even with microscopes. We must prevent the spread of this virus by following health instructions,” said Shah Wali Marouf, Director of infectious diseases control at the Ministry of Public Health.
Religious scholars urged the people to not attend religious gatherings and other gatherings and to offer their prayers at home, due to the spread of the coronavirus.
“The purpose of our awareness convoy is to inform people to stay in their homes and take health care seriously,” said Jamaluddin Abbas, member of the Islamic Medical Association.
The coronavirus is spreading in Afghanistan. So far, the virus has spread to more than 20 provinces in Afghanistan, infecting 607 people.
Most of the COVID-19 patients are in Herat and Kabul provinces and 19 people have died as a result of this disease in the country.