WHO Initiates Air Bridge to Afghanistan with Medical Supplies

U.N. Health Agency World Health Organization said that medicines and health supplies were flown into Afghanistan on Monday, August 30, the first shipment to arrive since the country was overruled by the Taliban. 

W.H.O. regional director for the easter Mediterranean Ahmed Al Mandhari said in a tweet, “After days of non-stop work to find a solution, I am very pleased to say that we have now been able to partially replenish stocks of health facilities in Afghanistan and ensure that — for now, WHO-supported health services can continue.”

The health agency warned on Friday, August 27, that Afghanistan medical supplies will run out within days and announced that it hoped to initiate an air bridge into Mazar-i-Sharif by then with the assistance of Pakistani authorities.

W.H.O. said that trauma and emergency health kits are among the 12.5 tonnes of supplies that arrived on Monday, which is sufficient to cover basic health needs of more than 200,000 people, including 3,500 surgical procedures and manage 6,500 trauma patients. These will be delivered to 40 health establishments in 29 provinces across Afghanistan.

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