Services at the Amiri Medical Complex in Kabul have been suspended by the Ministry of Public Health after a doctor at the hospital died of the coronavirus, the Health Ministry’s spokesman, Wahidullah Mayar said at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said that besides the infected doctor, a number of other employees at the hospital have tested positive.
“Until the officials, employees and other administrative and service personnel of the hospital are examined, all the activities of Amiri hospital will be stopped and it will not be allowed to offer services,” Mayar added.
Amiri Medical Complex was established in 2006.
“Now, no part of Kabul is safe,” the Health Ministry’s spokesman said, adding that “the people must be very careful.”
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Afghanistan has risen to 444, Afghanistan's health ministry said Wednesday.
In the past 24 hours, 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Afghanistan--in Kabul, Ghazni, Baghlan, Logar, Wardak, Helmand and Takhar province. The country total is 444, and 11 people have recovered in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.
The Ministry of Public Health has expressed concern over the growing positive cases of COVID-19 in the country, saying that "recklessness" raises the dangers posed by the virus, and the country could face a catastrophe.
“Dear compatriots, hundreds of patients come to different hospitals every day; if serious measures are not taken, it will be catastrophic. I hope you think carefully,” said Mayar.
So far, 14 people have died as a result of the coronavirus virus in Afghanistan, and about 20 others have recovered, according to reports from health officials.
On Tuesday, sources told TOLOnews that a Kabul traffic police official had infected with the coronavirus and had due refusal to be hospitalized his family members are also infected with the virus.
“The analysis that we have is going through difficult days, in these difficult days, except for the cooperation of the people and all the sectors should take this disease seriously,” said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
Meanwhile, a source told TOLOnews that a doctor at Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital in Kabul is infected with the coronavirus, and 15 members of the staff are in isolation.
Apparently, with the worsening of the coronavirus in the country, Afghanistan's needs for facilities are increasing. Although Herat faced a shortage of corona kits and test equipment on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Health says the equipment and supplies needed have been sent to Herat.