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WHO sounds alarm on possible rise in Dengue cases in Afghanistan

WHO placed a strong emphasis on training medical staff to combat the high-risk dengue fever in eastern Afghanistan….reports Asian Lite News

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently revealed that it has issued a warning on the probable spike in dengue fever cases in Afghanistan, according to Khaama Press.

The organisation stated that its medical personnel are prepared to control the disease, also known as the ‘bone-breaking fever’ throughout the nation, which is already struck by a humanitarian crisis, the Afghan news agency reported. “With the onset of the rainy season, dengue cases could increase. We are preparing our health workers to manage dengue cases,” the WHO wrote on Twitter.

WHO placed a strong emphasis on training medical staff to combat the high-risk dengue fever in eastern Afghanistan. 300 medical experts from Afghanistan’s eastern regions attended training courses that the organisation also organised very recently.

“WHO has recently trained 300 doctors, nurses & lab technicians from 18 hospitals & 250 health facilitates from Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan & Nangarhar,” the organization added, according to Khaama Press.

There were 12 groups of 65 female health professionals participating in the three-day programme on handling dengue patients. The group also urged Afghans to adopt the necessary safety measures to protect their families from mosquito bites and stop dengue.

Contaminated water

According to a number of inhabitants of Lashkargah city in Helmand province of Afghanistan, many people in the city have been affected with various ailments as a result of a lack of access to safe drinking water and the presence of contaminated water, reported TOLOnews.

Residents stated that unauthorised septic wells in most parts of Lashkargah have polluted the water. Mohibullah, a resident of Lashkargah, said he had kidney disease, which physicians have diagnosed as a result of drinking contaminated water.

“I was feeling Ill and I had pain in my kidney. I visited the doctor and he said I have a kidney abscess and it is because of contaminated water,” Mohibullah said, according to TOLOnews.

Other city residents have criticised the continuous construction of unplanned septic wells in Lashkargah, claiming that it has harmed the region’s water resources.

“Deep wells collect unhealthy water from septic wells, and it causes diseases,” said Azizullah a resident of Lashkargah.

Years of conflict, poverty, and the broken and donation-based economy have forced ordinary people to suffer acute hunger and food shortage. People in the war-stricken country continue to live miserably.

Since the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan in 2021, the economy has failed to recover, keeping millions of people on the verge of starvation. (ANI)

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