The Afghan-Japan Hospital, the main testing center for COVID-19 in Kabul, is visited by over 400 people a day despite a lack of testing capacity. The center has five specialists, 50 doctors and 89 nurses, some of whom are volunteers.
The health workers, who are working at the center day and night, asked the people to take the health measures and the lockdown seriously. So far, over 7,600 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
Most beds in the hospital are filled with patients every day. Up to 10 patients of COVID-19 are recovering in the hospital on a daily basis.
“I have completed four years of my studies. Now I am here at the COVID-19 center to serve the people,” said Inam Rahmati, a health worker at the hospital.
“The number of patients is increasing. We have even seen teenagers who have tested positive for the virus because they are not paying attention to health advice,” said Sonia Khorasani, a nurse at the hospital.
But the laboratory at the hospital has one PCR machine that can conduct at least 200 tests at one time.
Head of the hospital, Zia-Ur-Rahman Hassankhail said his hospital needs more PCR machines to conduct over 400 tests a day.
“We had 350 to 400 patients a day in recent days but today (Monday) we were visited by 350 patients and got samples from 250 others,” said Hashmatullah Faizi, an official of the hospital.
A recovered COVID-19 patient, Mahbooba, who was treated at the hospital, said she was taken to the center a month ago when she was in critical condition.
“I had breathing problems at the beginning. I was unconscious for three days when I was taken to the hospital. I was well treated by the doctors here. I am here for the last 18 days,” said Mahbooba.