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Majority of health centers may shut down by 2022 end

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KABUL: International Rescue Committee in its latest report has warned that more than 90% of health centers in Afghanistan might shut down by end of 2022. In a report on Saturday, IRC said millions of Afghans will be left without health services and millions more may lose lives if economic and humanitarian crisis there stays unabated.

Financial sanctions on Afghanistan could lead to near-universal poverty, even as the country confronts an ongoing drought and hunger crisis and possible fourth wave of COVID-19.

IRC has also warned of the bleak future of the Afghan people as it estimates up to 97 percent of the country’s people to face starvation by the end of 2022.

Afghanistan rises to the top of IRC’s Watchlist as the population increasingly cannot meet basic needs and the economy and public services collapse, despite the end of major conflict. Here’s what you need to know about the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, it said.

The committee has called on the International Community to come forward and rescue Afghanistan’s health sector by providing aids and supporting the sector.

It comes a day after WFP said that they will need up to $2.6 billion to feed some 23 million Afghan people now on the brink of starvation.

The program has said that poverty in Afghanistan is horrific this time as it has entered cities and the new people who are starving are mostly teachers and construction workers who are laid off after the collapse of the previous Afghan government.

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