The World Health Organizations Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the world cannot look away and hope these crises resolve themselves and that is why “we are calling on our donors around the world to support WHO's Health Emergency Appeal for 2.54 billion US Dollars.”
According to Ghebreyesus, the climate change-related disasters such as flooding in Pakistan and food insecurity across the Sahel and in the greater Horn of Africa; the war in Ukraine; and the health impact of conflict in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and northern Ethiopia – all of these emergencies overlapping with the health system disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and outbreaks of measles, cholera, and other killers.
“Health workers in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Ukraine, Yemen and elsewhere rely on our support. We can only address these urgent needs by working together or by working together to help communities,” he said.
“We need the $2.54 billion in order to support people in over 50 countries where we've got the most acute health and humanitarian needs,” said Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.
Many Afghans bring their children from the capital Kabul for medical treatment.
Zahra, 1, has been bedridden for more than two months at Indira Gandhi Children Hospital. Zahra’s mother, Fatima said that they brought her from Doshi district of Baghlan to the hospital.
“She was at the hospital for one night. They said that she cannot be treated and that there is no good service and to take her to Kabul. Then we rented a car for 6,000 Afs along with an oxygen balloon for 1,000 Afs,” Fatima said.
The citizens meanwhile complained about the medical services in the provinces.
“The Bagram hospital should be provided with facilities so that the people would not be forced to bring their patients to Kabul,” said Khail Mohammad, a resident of Bagram district of Parwan province.
The doctors at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital also expressed concerns over the lack of medical facilities.
“We should have four patients in one room while now we have four patients in one bed,” said Amir Hamid Jailani, a doctor.