Afghanistan’s health care system on brink of collapse: WHO chief

NEW YORK (HRNW) – Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned on Wednesday.

His warning came as the United Nations’ top humanitarian official, Martin Griffiths, announced the release of US $ 45 million from an emergency fund to support Afghanistan’s crumbling health-care system.

“Allowing Afghanistan’s healthcare delivery system to fall apart would be disastrous,” Griffiths said. “People across the country would be denied access to primary healthcare such as emergency caesarean sections and trauma care.”

Echoing that message from the Afghan capital, Kabul, Tedros, the WHO director-general, said international funding cuts had forced health providers to decide “who to save and who to let die”.

After meeting senior Taliban figures, medical professionals and patients, Tedros explained that a lack of financial support for the country’s largest health project, Sehetmandi, had left thousands of facilities unable to buy medical supplies and pay salaries.

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