37 million people – and 400 ventilators
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With each passing day the contagion, COVID-19 infects yet another victim which could have been easily prevented.
The streets of Afghanistan continue to see children and the elderly working long hours to provide a meal for their families. In most circumstances it is only this child or grandparent that is the lifeline for their families. This is the dire situation throughout the 34 provinces in Afghanistan. With a shattered health system being provided by the government and international aid agencies.
World health officials fear this pandemic could wreak havoc in Afghanistan, a country of 37 million people and being one of the world’s poorest countries. Ongoing war, poverty, poor healthcare and a large number of internal refugees all add up to make it one of the most exposed countries to the virus on the planet.
Afghanistan only has 400-odd ventilators. Recently, the ministry of public health in Kabul had conducted 500 random tests of which nearly a third were infected with the virus. This shows the coronavirus has been circulating undetected in Afghanistan. As of 7th May 2020, there have been 3,563 positive cases, with 468 recoveries and 106 deaths across all 34 provinces in the country. Kabul Province has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan at 925, followed by Herat with 702 cases, and then Kandahar with 464 cases.
The people of Afghanistan cannot wait, urgent help is required to overcome the spread of infection and mortality rates. Time to act is now!
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