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Corona scare: Kabul Amiri Medical Complex closed

Corona scare: Kabul Amiri Medical Complex closed

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Apr 08, 2020 - 17:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) on Wednesday announced closing the Amiri Medical Complex in capital Kabul after its several employees contracted coronavirus.

Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), told a press conference here that the Amiri Medical Complex would remain closed until all its employees were tested for coronavirus disease.

After spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a number of private hospitals announced they could test coronavirus.

But a doctor in the certain hospital in Kabul lost his live to coronavirus during the ongoing week.

However, MoPH says the doctor lost his life due to negligence of hospital personnel.

Mayar said 6.26 percent of Amiri Medical Complex’s employees had been infected with COVID-19 and other staff of the hospital was at risk of contracting the virus. He said each coronavirus test was conducted in the complex against 3,000 afghanis but the test was not standard.

However, the Amiri Medical Complex in a statement termed the MoPH spokesman’s allegations as baseless and untrue and said after their Dr. Hanifullah Hanif’s death, they stopped their operations and all staff had been quarantined from the past three days.

The statement said they used all facilities for recovery of Dr. Hanifullah and the MoPH contacted them and said in case of increase in COVID-19 cases, their hospital would be its first choice.

It added MoPH took blood samples of their employees but after 72 hours, their results were yet to be shared with them.

Meanwhile, Tariq Aryan, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, told the press conference that restrictions would be further increased in capital Kabul to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Pk/ma

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