Tuesday, 26th October, 2021
Tuesday, 26th October, 2021

WHO plane lands in Kabul for 1st time since Taliban takes over

A plane carrying medicines and other supplies from the World Health Organization has landed in Kabul for the first time since the city fell to the Taliban.

Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO regional director for the Mediterranean, said that the organization has “been able to partially replenish stocks” at Afghan health facilities and ensure that WHO-supported health services can continue.

The WHO said that the 12.5 tonnes of supplies that arrived on Monday can cover the basic health needs of over 200,000 people, as well as 3,500 surgical procedures and 6,500 trauma patients.

On Friday, the WHO said that medical supplies were likely to run out in days. It hopes to establish an air bridge to northern Afghanistan with the help of Pakistan’s government.

The United Nations has warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan, with about one-third of Afghanistan’s population already at risk of severe or acute hunger.

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