The World Health Organization today called on the sides involved in the conflict in Afghanistan to protect all the citizens, including civilians and health employees, while assuring to continue its humanitarian services in the country.
In a statement, WHO has said that sustained access to humanitarian assistance, including essential health services and medical supplies, is a critical lifeline for millions of Afghans, and must not be interrupted. Months of violence have taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan’s fragile health system, which had already been facing shortages in essential supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it added.
As a result of the recent conflict, trauma injuries have increased, requiring scaled-up emergency medical and surgical services. In July 2021, some 13 897 conflict-related trauma cases were received at 70 WHO-supported health facilities, compared to 4057 cases in July 2020. However, according to the WHO, attacks on medical facilities across Afghanistan remain a stumbling point in efforts to improve the country’s health system.