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Afghanistan: In Kabul’s children’s hospitals, doctors struggle with staff shortages


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At Kabul’s main children’s hospital, the collapse of Afghanistan’s health system is reflected in the eyes of exhausted workers struggling to cope with rapidly dwindling drug supplies.

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As throngs of sick mothers and children fill the waiting rooms of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, medical staff place three babies in an incubator.

“It’s a loss for us”

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Nurses who once cared for three or four children now have to care for more than 20 to make up for a shortage of staff who fled the country when the Taliban seized power in August.

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“We tell each other that we have to do this work, if we don’t, these problems will increase, it’s a loss for us, our society and our country,” said Dr. Saifullah Abbasin, as he walked from bed to bed. another in the crowded intensive care unit.

The number of victims of terrorist attacks decreases

Although the death toll from bombing and warfare has fallen since hostilities ended, Afghanistan’s hospitals are struggling to cope with the impact of a fast-spreading economic crisis that threatens millions of people to starve to death.

United Nations agencies say that up to 95% of the population regularly do not have enough to meet their food needs, and last month the head of the World Health Organization warned that the health system is on the verge of collapse at as international aid dries up.

Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse

Lack of support for the World Bank-managed $600 million Sehatmandi Health Services Project has left thousands of units unable to cover the cost of buying supplies and paying salaries, threatening health services at all levels, from village clinics to hospitals that perform caesarean sections.

For the medical team, the biggest problem is the serious shortage of personnel. Workers have not been paid for months and often struggle to pay even the cost of traveling to work.

“We’re just asking the government to increase our staff,” says Marvoa, the head nurse of the neonatal unit. “Because of the changes, most of our colleagues have left the country.”

source: iefi merida

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