The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Monday that only 377 vaccination centers are operating across Afghanistan, where more than 8,000 Afghan visit daily to get vaccinated.
The ministry further said that at least 1,200 vaccination centers were active previously across Afghanistan.
“There were many centers last year. We had over 1,200 centers, but, as we all know, support for fighting COVID-19 stopped with the political changes and the return of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, so the number of centers was reduced,” said Jawid Hazhir, Spokesman of MoPH.
Based on the figures of the ministry, at least 8.5 million people have been vaccinated since the spread of the infection across Afghanistan, and 2.9 million doses of vaccines are available at the ministry.
“Around 8.5 million have received vaccination from the beginning of the process until now, and 4.3 million of them were vaccinated under the Islamic Emirate power across the country,” said Jawid Hazhir, spokesman.
In the meantime, health staff and residents urged the Ministry of Health to take huge steps toward fighting COVID-19 and to provide care for the people.
“People will hurt a lot if the pandemic increases in our country, because most of the provinces face a lack of options,” said Abdul Hameed Alimi Zhakfar, head of a COVID-19 hospital in Parwan.
Officials stated that the ministry is seeking ways to launch awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by distributing vaccines within the country.