According to NGOs and UN agencies, the health care system in Afghanistan has almost collapsed. And the reason for this collapse is due to the conflict and starvation of foreign assistance. Many medical staffs of the country haven’t received their payment for several months. There are also not enough resources available in the clinics for the treatment.
As winter is near, there will be more deaths of children under the age of five due to collapsing the health care system.
During the country’s descent, the absence of the health care system is one of the most brutal storms that Afghans face.
There is an extreme level of food shortage. According to UN, the malnutrition is rising very sharply. Almost 12 million Afghans are facing starvation and depending upon food hunger. Due to a high lack of money, it is difficult for the NGOs of Afghanistan to pay and buy supplies.
Following UN figures, this year, almost 600,000 Afghans have been displaced. In which 80% of the members were kids and women.
The vast majority of the population of the country hasn’t got its dose of vaccine. And that’s the prominent reason for the spread of coronavirus again. Following the reports of the UN, almost 2.2 million Afghans got their vaccination during the August of this year.
The aid agencies available in Afghanistan are battling with the time. The need to provide life-saving aid to crisis-affected people before winter.
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Health-Care Catastrophe is ahead.
Bahman Shahi is one of those experts who experienced all this unfolding. He works for health and education consultancy ACASUS in Afghanistan. He went for the tour in the clinics of the south and shared a terrible experience of his life.
The primary destinations of his tour were Kabul, Helmand, Kandahar provinces. When he visited these places, he experienced a collapsing health care system there. In most of the health care he visited, there was no staff. There was also a lack of medicines and health equipment. Even the basic demands were not fulfilled there.
And surprisingly, many people in those places had no idea about the coronavirus.
According to Shahi, in this whole scenario, the worst who are experiencing is the most poorer. They can’t even help themselves. If they face any disease, they don’t even have much money to have treatment at private health care. And this amounts to around 11 million Afghans, including those who returned to their home after losing their jobs.
According to Save the Children and World Health Organization, around 90% of the 2300 facilities are functional. Following the reports of OCHA, 2/3rd of them have run out of essential medicines.
Affect of collapsing health-care system
The Global funds, which do the funding for HIV, malaria, cholera, are filling up the gap of $15 million to keep some of 2300 primary facilities open worldwide.
Women and children of Afghanistan are most vulnerable to the health crisis. Every hour most of the women lose their lives during childbirth.
The Taliban leadership has permitted the women to continue in the health care, Cone says, the officials don’t obey the guidance.
Specter of malnutrition
According to save children, it is essential to treat most children of Afghanistan who face malnourishment severely. And if they were not treated, they have a high risk of dying.
“When our health team resumed its services in Kandahar in September, nearly half of all children they assessed for malnutrition on their first day of work were acutely malnourished,”said Dr Staniczai Mansoor, Save the Children’s Senior Health Technical Advisor in Afghanistan.
Agencies like WHO, UNICEF etc., are trying their best to provide supplies in Afghanistan again. But the challenge is time.