ICRC to Stop Supporting Govt Hospitals Due to Lack of Funds

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that it will stop supporting the Afghan governmental hospitals by the end of August 2023 due to a shortage in the budget.

“In April of this year, the supply of medicine to 25 hospitals in Afghanistan was stopped by us, but we continue to pay the salaries of health personnel and current expenses until the end of August this year.

The International Committee of the Red Cross continues to provide assistance to Afghanistan in various fields, including physical rehabilitation, water, prisons, economic security, and emergency response,” said Parwiz Ahmad Faizi, spokesman for the organization.

Based on the numbers of the ICRC, this organization has supported 25 hospitals since August 2021, as a result of which 25 million people across the country have had access to health services.

The Ministry of Public Health, in response to this decision of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said that the ministry has the ability to provide health services for the country.

“If the situation is like this where they stop their aid with some hospitals, we will use another legitimate way and provide supplies to those centers,” said Sharaft Zaman Amrkhil, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.

Residents of the capital asked the healthcare institutions to continue supporting the country’s health sector.

“Some examinations such as blood work … and some things are all free of charge. We will be happy if more facilities are provided,” said Fazilman Ullah, a Kabul resident.

“If the institutions stop their aid, we and you are in a critical situation, people are unemployed and there is no way to solve their problems,” said Rawaki, a Kabul resident.

Earlier, the World Health Organization broadcast a report saying that in 2023, more than 17 million people in Afghanistan will need health care and services.

ICRC to Stop Supporting Govt Hospitals Due to Lack of Funds