WHO delivers 23 metric tons of medicines to Afghanistan


The World Well being Group (WHO) on Monday delivered round 23 metric tons of life-saving medicines and provides to Afghanistan, the UN well being company mentioned.

The cargo, which is among the many first humanitarian assist to reach at Kabul airport since operations had been disrupted on Aug. 15, was flown by a Qatar Airways flight donated by the Qatari authorities, a WHO assertion mentioned.

WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked the Qatari authorities for its “beneficiant and well timed assist, which has allowed WHO to replenish depleted shares and meet the wants of essentially the most susceptible Afghans.”

“As well being wants enhance in Afghanistan, we should transfer shortly to deal with the shortages in medical provides to maintain life-saving well being companies working,” the assertion mentioned.

“A second flight donated by the State of Qatar is predicted to reach later this week, carrying extra WHO medical provides,” it added.

Collectively, the 2 shipments which comprise important medicines akin to insulin, medical consumables, trauma and surgical procedure kits, and COVID-19 testing kits, will deal with the pressing well being wants of 1.45 million folks and supply for five,400 main and minor surgical procedures, based on the assertion.

The provides will probably be distributed to 280 well being services and 31 public COVID-19 laboratories throughout Afghanistan, it mentioned, including that WHO is exploring choices to expedite additional shipments of well being provides to Afghanistan.

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