The World Health Organization or WHO issued a statement Wednesday warning that Afghanistan’s health system is on the verge of collapse.
According to the statement, over 2,000 medical centers in the country are either closed or facing closure due to international aid drying up.
Healthcare providers in Afghanistan, especially COVID-19 hospitals, are struggling to serve patients as they lack critical materials and facilities.
That includes essentials such as heating, fuel, power, food, vaccines, medication, and medical equipment.
Most of the 37 COVID-19 hospitals nationwide were shut down, due to budget shortfalls after the Taliban took over the government, according to Afghan health authorities.
The WHO called on the international community to find alternative funding for primary health care in Afghanistan.