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10,000 Covid-19 cases, 650 deaths recorded in past 5 months

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KABUL: At least ten thousand Covid-19 cases and 650 deaths were reported in Afghanistan in the past five months.

Taliban’s health minister Dr. Abdul Bari Omar said Saturday they had taken measures to check the spread of coronavirus and 8,000 to 12,000 people were administered vaccine on a daily basis. According to him, the health sector was 90 per cent dependent on foreign aid, which has been suspended.

This comes as health services have been disrupted in recent months across the country, creating problems for people.
Omar acknowledged the lack of resources to establish Covid-19 treatment hospitals across the country but said efforts were underway to control the situation with foreign assistance.

He also said that the Taliban had discussed with UNICEF the establishment of 10 oxygen-producing plants in order to avoid its shortage. He urged the international community to keep politics away from health and help the Afghans in this regard.

The acting public health minister called malnutrition of children another challenge, which he linked with poverty, not breastfeeding children by their mothers and unhygienic food items sales in the market. He said currently 3.2 million children in Afghanistan faced malnutrition. However, he said they were working jointly with UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to cope with children’s malnutrition.

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