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UNICEF flies emergency health supplies to Kabul

UNICEF flies emergency health supplies to Kabul

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Jun 10, 2020 - 11:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, UNICEF has flown in Covid-19 emergency health supplies to Kabul.

The shipment consists of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for frontline health workers, who are at high risk of being infected with the virus.

According to Relief web, this is part of the Worldinfo-icon Bank-financed COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project.

Acting Minister of Public Health Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani welcomed the support of the World Bank and UNICEF in ensuring continued health service provision.

“This shipment is crucial for Afghanistaninfo-icon, especially that we cannot combat and overcome this virus alone,” Dr Osmani remarked.

As of June 9, 20,917 people have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Afghanistan, including 1336 (6%) health care providers.

“As Afghanistan sees a surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, arrival of this PPE shipment will enable health workers to provide better service to COVID-19 patients as well as protect themselves from being infected,” says Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is already struggling with challenges in the health sector and in this time of urgency, the protection of medical workers must remain a top priority. The World Bank is working closely with the Ministry of Public Health to speed up the implementation of the Afghanistan COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project and help the country during this difficult time with minimum possible damage.”*

The shipment includes 150,000 PPEs to be used by 6,821 frontline health care providers over an initial 6 months period. This will enable health care providers to scale up the identification and management of up to 10,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

"This assistance has come at a crucial time as Afghanistan struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic amidst other ongoing and evolving priorities,” says Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative.

“We are grateful support of the Ministry of Public Health in helping us reach Afghanistan’s children and their families with essential health services."

Since the start of the outbreak, UNICEF has invested over US$2.5 million to support Afghanistan with multi sectoral interventions including the development and distribution of Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) materials around prevention, addressing myths, rumors and stigma, treatment and care.

UNICEF also secured nutrition and hygiene supplies; provided essential drugs for children under five; supported routine immunisation; online learning, especially for out-of-school children as well as assistance to children in institutions, and detention centres.

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