Afghanistan crisis: country suffers lifesaving support shortage for mothers as winter strike

UN estimates warn that the current humanitarian emergency ad suspension of lifesaving reproductive services for women and girls could cause up to 58,000 additional maternal deaths.

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New Delhi: As the winter season surrounds Central Asia, Afghanistan has been facing a shortage of supplies, equipment and lack of winter facilities in the crisis-hit nation.

According to sources, the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul city handles 85 babies’ birth daily. However, the current nation’s crisis is making it hard for the hospital staff to look after the patients.

“Shortage of equipment, supplies and medicine, a lack of fuel and heating facilities, especially now with winter approaching and uncertain support from partners are just some of the challenges we’re facing,” the hospital’s head midwife stated.

Ahmad Shah Baba Hospital’s doctor Aqila Bahrami also stated to the UN reproductive and sexual health agency (UNFPA), “we used to receive regular support from an international NGO, but their staff left in the aftermath of the events in August. Now we are in serious need of medical supplies.

UN estimates warn that the current humanitarian emergency ad suspension of lifesaving reproductive services for women and girls could cause up to 58,000 additional maternal deaths.

“The kits are critical at this time, as hospital resources are running out and the support we were receiving has dwindled. We can’t be sure where our next assistance will come from,” Oruzgani stated.

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