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Overcrowding may lead to tragedy in Kabul

Overcrowding may lead to tragedy in Kabul

May 17, 2020 - 12:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Public Healthinfo-icon Department says violations of quarantine or lockdown principles by Kabul citizens have made the situation worse in the nation’s capital.

The department warned if the situation continued unchecked, no doctor could be found for the medical treatment of coronavirus in two weeks from now.

Officials expressed their concerns via social media and urged people: “Dear countrymen! Stay at home and protect yourselves or break quarantine and choose a sad future for yourselves.”

The statement said: “During the quarantine period, our mobile teams were able to test the serious patients anywhere in Kabul within an hour … but due to overcrowding each of our teams now takes 5 to 7 hours to examine a patient.”

According to the department, a number of Kabul hospital staffers are infected with the virus and currently quarantined. “There is a shortage of staff to treat patients right now. If the situation continues for another two weeks, people will not be able to find a doctor to treat their disease.

The patients needing surgery have to be tested for the coronavirus to protect themselves and others in hospital. The result took two days, so guess the condition of patients who needed emergency surgery, the department asked.

Eid prayers and visiting kin

The department warned that offering Eid prayers and visiting friends and relatives in such circumstances would amount to mass suicide.

Eid visits would cause the virus to spread to all things including dishes in homes, officials warned, calling for extreme caution.

Hugging another form of suicide

“Most of citizens, complaining of poverty, break quarantine to earn bread for their families, but evidence shows that most of them roam around the city quite unnecessarily,” the statement noted.

Public Health Director Dr. Khushal Nabizada told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We are really more worried than what we have shared on Facebook.”

“In order to prevent overcrowding in Kabul, we stay in contact with the police on a daily basis, but our citizens have made the situation so bad that even police can’t control it,” he remarked.

Khoshal said a decision must be made at the highest level of the government to use forces to address the current situation; otherwise no one would be able to deal with it.


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