Afghanistan’s healthcare system is in collapse, according to the International Red Cross. About it stated the head of the organization’s division in the Asia-Pacific region, Alexander Mateu.
“People may agree to work without wages for a few more weeks, but at some point the medicines will run out. If you cannot even turn on the light, if you have nothing to offer the visitors of your clinic, you will have to close the doors, ”Mateu said.
According to him, now more than 20 thousand medical workers in Afghanistan are unemployed or work without a salary. More than 7 thousand of these workers are women.
A Red Cross spokesman said the arrival of winter could lead to a “major humanitarian crisis” if the country does not have the money to resume paying doctors’ salaries.
Since the rise to power of the Taliban terrorist movement, the Afghan economy has been severely affected by sanctions and a sharp cut in foreign aid. This has particularly affected the health sector. As previously reported by WHO, now in Afghanistan, less than 20% of medical institutions are functioning, and two-thirds of them were left without the necessary medicines.