A number of residents in Kabul who have symptoms of COVID-19 on Friday said that they have “lost trust” in the COVID-19 hospitals and instead prefer to stay home in self-isolation.
However, the Ministry of Public Health says that they will use all available sources to address the needs of the people and meet their concerns.
Mohammad Naeem is a resident in Kabul, one of a six-member family who has the symptoms of the virus and who currently in self-isolation at home.
“We do have not trust in government hospitals,” said Mohammad Naeem.
“Many people consult the shops for oxygen, but there is no oxygen,” said Mohammad, another resident.
“We are trying to address the needs of the people according to our capacity, but we can’t do anything additional for them. When a ward is in need of 10 people, but we have 5 people there, of course, this has an impact,” said Hakim Salehi, the head of the Afghan-Japan hospital in Kabul.
Meanwhile, officials of the Balkh health department have said that doctors for the first time in the province have conducted a successful transplant of blood plasma for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
“Last week the process of transfusion of blood plasma occurred between those who had recovered from COVID-19 and some critical patients who were the ICU. Fortunately, the patients are now recovering,” said Nizamuddin Jalil, the head of Balkh’s health department.
Latest COVID-19 figures in Afghanistan:
The Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 656 new cases of the coronavirus from 1,159 samples tested in the last 24 hours, taking the known total to 23,546 across the country.
Kabul was again on top of the list with 326 new confirmed cases followed by Ghazni (73), Balkh (37), Kandahar (33), Nimroz (20), Laghman (18), Herat (19), Kunar (19), Faryab (17), Paktia (17), Nangarhar (16), Badghis (13), Baghlan (12), Sar-e-Pul (10), Helmand (8), Samangan (5) and Farah (5).
The ministry also reported 20 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 446.
The new confirmed cases were reported in 18 provinces, with deaths in six provinces, of which Herat had the highest with 13 (Kabul reported no deaths).
Other COVID-19 deaths were reported in Ghazni (2), Baghlan (2), Kandahar (1), Ghazni (1) and Sar-e-Pul (1).
The total number of recovered cases, according to the ministry, reached 3,928 as 602 new cases of recovery were reported in the last 24 hours.
Recoveries were reported in Kabul with 400 cases, followed by Herat (125), Balkh (32), Kandahar (12), Logar (10), Ghazni (8), Daikundi (7), Kunduz (4), Paktia (1), Nangarhar (1), Nimroz (1) and Badakhshan (1).
So far, 53,705 samples have been tested in the country’s laboratories, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
Figures by the Ministry of Public Health show that there are 19,172 active COVID-19 cases in the country and 19 patients are in severe condition.