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‘No oxygen in govt hospitals behind Covid-19 deaths’

‘No oxygen in govt hospitals behind Covid-19 deaths’

Jun 16, 2020 - 18:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Medical Council (AMC) on Tuesday said it observation showed most of Covid-19 patients lost their lives due to lack of oxygen in hospitals.

Nasrin Oryakhel, the council head, told a press conference here that during their last two weeks of observation in capital Kabul, they learnt that government-run hospitals lacked oxygen and medical equipment.

She said most of patients infected with Covid-19 pandemic lost their lives due to lack of oxygen at government hospitals.

She said also urged the government to pay privileges and salaries of doctors fighting in frontlines against coronavirus in the country.

She said mostly inexperienced young doctors were treating patients in public sector hospitals, urging the government replace such doctors with experienced ones as soon as possible.

She added currently government hospitals fighting against Covid-19 pandemic had run out of logistic facilities, oxygen, sanitizers, face masks and gloves and urged protection of doctors.

Meanwhile, nearly 800 new positive coronavirus cases were registered in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 26310, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Tuesday.

However, new cases in Herat province could not be detected for the three days due to shortage of diagnostic kits.

A statement from the Ministry of Public Health said 793 new cases were confirmed among 1640 suspected patients during the last 24 hours and taking the nation’s tally to 26,300.



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