PNEUMONIA SPREADS IN AFGHANISTAN

Over 170,000 patients with pneumonia and other acute respiratory infections have been diagnosed and treated at health centres across Afghanistan in the past month,

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Over 170,000 patients with pneumonia and other acute respiratory infections have been diagnosed and treated at health centres across Afghanistan in the past month, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has reported. At least 100 pneumonia patients, most of them children, died during the same period. Among the victims were seven children in Badakhshan Province, northeastern Afghanistan. Officials are also concerned about the spread of winter diseases in Ghor, Daykundi, and Nooristan provinces where many food-insecure communities live in rugged and inaccessible areas. Parts of Afghanistan are facing their harshest winter in 25 years, and over 800 people have lost their lives, according to Afghanistan’s National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA). Afghanistan is still under the national public health emergency declared on January 8, and about 30,000 health workers and 19,000 volunteers have been asked not to go on leave and/or travel abroad until the emergency is over.