New Delhi: India provided the thirteenth batch of medical assistance consisting of essential drugs and medical/surgical items such as pediatric stethoscope, mobile type sphygmomanometer with pediatric BP cuff, infusion pump, set of drip chamber, electrocautery, nylon sutures, etc.
The equipment and medicines were handed over to authorities at Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
“These supplies are in line with India’s special relationship with the Afghan people and the appeals made by the United Nations to assist the Afghan people,” said a press release issued by the MEA.
So far, India has provided nearly 45 tons of medical assistance including essential life-saving drugs, TB drugs, 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine, medical/surgical items, etc. Besides, India has also provided 40,000 tons of wheat for the Afghan people.
Access to health care remains a major concern for communities across Afghanistan. To access specialized care, patients often travel several hours.
After the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took control of the country in August 2021, funding from development agencies and international financial institutions was cut short, leading to the near collapse of Afghanistan’s health system.
Half of the Afghan population suffers from malnutrition and most medicines are lacking despite several international organizations trying to support the health system, which is under great pressure.