WHO says only has week of medical supplies left in Afghanistan

GENAVA: The World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday that it has enough medical supplies to last it “one week”, following the blistering Taliban takeover of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul 10 days ago.
“WHO now only has enough supplies in-country to last for one week,” said Ahmed al-Mandhari, the head of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region — stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan.
“Yesterday, 70 per cent of these supplies were released to health facilities,” he added.
Mandhari said that 500 metric tonnes of medicines and supplies stored in Dubai were unable to be delivered due to the chaotic evacuation efforts at Kabul airport which does not have the capacity to receive commercial flights.
“Countries sending in empty planes to pick up evacuees do not feel they are able to help,” Mandhari said.
Testing, vaccinations drop
The UN agency was also concerned the current upheaval in Afghanistan could push up Covid-19 infections, with testing dropping by 77pc in the past week and vaccinations also down, officials from the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean office said.
The WHO officials, in an online briefing, said 95pc of health facilities in Afghanistan remained operational but that some female staff had not returned to their posts and some female patients were now afraid to leave their homes. – AFP