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The report of 2022 healthcare services by WHO in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Representative Image: World Health Organization and its cluste partners in Afghanistan (Photo/WHO)

World Health Organization on Tuesday issued Afghanistan Health Emergency Situation Report No. 24. It covers the organizations’ achievements in health sector on December 2022 in Afghanistan.

The WHO and its cluster partners have made a significant contribution to serving the people of Afghanistan to strengthen the life-saving health interventions for Afghan people affected by multiple humanitarian crises, the report said.

The document stated that the organization had increased its assistance with essential medical services to encompass all walks of life in the country. Over 96 public health centers and 189 primary healthcare facilities were created in 24 provinces of Afghanistan to ensure people’s access to healthcare in rural areas. The initiatives helped the organization to provide 1,228 healthcare facilities with 5,279.9 tons of non-medical and medical commodities in 2022, including winterization supplies.

The increase in the number of healthcare and facilities in the country came after the multiple infectious disease outbreak in 2022, including measles affecting 77,210 people, acute watery diarrhea (AWD) resulting in 242,562 cases along with 1,266 cases of dengue fever reported in Nengarhar, Laghman, and Kabul and 993 suspected cases in the winter, show a significant increase in numbers, the statement read.

According to the report around 8.16 million children were administered the measles Vaccine, 10.8 million were vaccinated against COVID-19, and more than 9 million children received the polio vaccine in 2022.  Only two cases of polio were detected in Afghanistan in the last year.

In brief, the following points are the significant achievements in December that can be drawn from the present report:

  • 152,253 People reached with emergency health services(PHC)
  • 32,405 People received trauma care services
  • 957.5 MT Medical and Non-Medical supplies provided
  • 489 Health workers trained
  • 121 Surveillance support team deployed to outbreak areas

Summary of Outbreaks (Cumulative Cases)

  • 207,616 Total COVID-19 confirmed cases (from the beginning of the outbreak)
  • 242,562 Total Acute Watery Diarrhoea cases
  • 1,266 Total Dengue Fever cases
  • 77,210 Total Measles cases
  • 389 Total CCHF cases
  • 993 Total Pertusis cases

Similarly, significant activities were made to build capacities in trauma care and mass casualty management by training 741 healthcare workers. The organization also expanded mental health and psychosocial support service availability, including 906 healthcare workers, of which more than 900,000 people received counselling sessions on the relevant issues.

On the other hand, the ban on female NOGs workers issued on 24 December exempts the health sector even though there has been a disruption in the service delivery process.

As a result, some health partners suspended delivery of health services at 288 health facilities, incusing 226 mobile health teams. Due to the limited health service delivery, 1.5 million people will have limited access to essential health services.

However, WHO ensures that the health cluster partners will continue to provide life-saving health services in the country.

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