On Monday, March 28, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) tweeted that thousands of health centers in Afghanistan have been closed after August 15, 2021. The report further adds that several private hospitals and clinics have closed their doors to public due to financial problems and challenges.
Health services in remote areas of the country are very rare and patients are forced to travel long distances to reach at the center of the province for receiving very primary medical treatments. On the other hand, majority of the people below the average poverty line for whom public hospitals are the only option. Unfortunately, with the collapse of government to rebels’ control, the health sector is negatively affected and lost efficiency and responsiveness to health care demand.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) had warned that the health sector is in the edge to collapse and had called on aid agencies prompt action for sustaining the health sector.
Based on Hasht-e Subh’s findings, at the moment, most of the health centers in the country are facing shortages of medicine and equipment and a large number of health workers have not been paid for the last couple of months which has resulted in shortage of health care personnel.
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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily