OREANDA-NEWS. Afghanistan's health care system is on the brink of a crisis as donor support for the country's largest health project has ceased. This is reported by The Hindustan Times with reference to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus and the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

WHO declares that at the moment Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian catastrophe if urgent measures are not taken in the near future. The situation is such that thousands of healthcare institutions were left without medical supplies and without money to pay staff.

According to Gebreyesus and al-Mandhari, only 17 percent of health facilities in Afghanistan are fully operational. The country has stopped fighting the coronavirus in all directions. The authorities do not conduct epidemiological surveillance, testing and vaccination. About 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 drug remain unused. Nine of the 37 hospitals for coronavirus patients have closed.

It is noted that WHO emphasizes the need to admit women to work in the health care system. Otherwise, it could threaten to reduce the number of Afghan women seeking medical help.

In late August, Ahmed Al-Mandhari said Afghan medical facilities were running out of supplies of drugs and supplies. It is emphasized that there is a risk of an increase in new outbreaks of COVID-19 due to unrest in the country.