Medical goods unable to reach Afghanistan due to Kabul airport chaos: WHO

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24th Aug, 2021. 01:33 am
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The chaos at the Kabul airport has delayed the arrival of over 500 tons of medical supplies, stated the World Health Organization.

Aid agencies have claimed that it is important that the medical and food supplies, reach 300,000 displaced people in Afghanistan.

Nearly 18.5 million people which is half of the population rely on aid and the philanthropic requirements are anticipated to cultivate due to drought.

WHO regional emergency director Dr. Richard Brennan said that the closing of Kabul airport to commercial flights has held up deliveries.

“While the eyes of the world now are on the people being evacuated and the planes leaving, we need to get supplies in to help those who are left behind,” said Brennan.

He said the WHO was calling for empty planes to divert to its warehouse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to collect the supplies on their way to pick up evacuees from Afghanistan”.

“The US is using these commercial airlines only for evacuation,” he said.

He further added that the WHO was discovering numerous possibilities and reaching out to other governments.

“We have been advised to explore options at other airports such as Kandahar, Jalalabad, and Bagram air bases. We do not yet have aircraft to fly even to those bases.”

Around 10 million children in Afghanistan need generous support and that situations are predictable to worsen, stated executive director of the UN children’s agency UNICEF, Henrietta Fore.

 

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