WHO Chief and Taliban Discuss ‘Dire’ Afghanistan’s Health Situation
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday he had met Qalandar Ebad, the health minister in the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan for talks on the “dire” health and humanitarian crisis in the country.
Qalandar Ebad is said to be a part of the Taliban delegation currently visiting Switzerland.
The meeting took place on Tuesday, according to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization. He described the health situation in Afghanistan as “dire”.
The head of the World Health Organization had previously visited Kabul in September to meet with Ebad.
“Despite some improvements since then, the health situation in Afghanistan is still dire and the acute humanitarian crisis is still threatening lives,” said the head of the World Health Organization.
According to him, issues like the health needs in the country, strengthening the system, emergency preparedness and training of the health workforce in which women play a key role have been discussed during the talks.
The head of the World Health Organization says that there is an urgent need in Afghanistan to provide diagnostic tools to detect the Qovid-19 virus, and in particular the Omicron variant. Because the number of cases is increasing.
The World Health Organization supports the fight against Covid-19 in Afghanistan, as well as polio and measles vaccination campaigns, said Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“We also discussed progress on girls’ education at all levels, including higher education and support for joining the health workforce,” the UN health agency chief said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on the international community to continue dialogue in support of the Afghan people in order to improve the health and well-being of the people of Afghanistan.
A delegation from the Taliban-led government is currently staying in Switzerland.
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