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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ombudsperson Office (AOO) has found that the ventilators donated by the international organizations were not smuggled, an official said yesterday.
Ghezal Haris, head of the Afghanistan Ombudsperson Office in a briefing to the media at Government Media and Information Center on Wednesday, rejected the Pajhwok News Agency report over the possible selling and smuggling of 32 ventilator devices to Pakistan and that of 8am daily newspaper report on the embezzlement of the money, Afghanistan received to fight the pandemic
Haris said though the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has reported the total number of ventilators 335 devices across the country, but her administration identified and confirmed the existence of 372 devices during its investigation.
The AOO also called low capacity of the health personnel in using the ventilator devices, nonoperational of some of the devices and lack of biomedical engineers to repair the non-working devices, from the main problems in this field.
She also said delay in sharing needed documents and information, defection in documents and figures and weak cooperation from the contract-side private companies, prolonged the inspection process.
Meanwhile, Haris shared information about considerable difference between purchasing the health equipment for fighting COVID-19 and that of ordinary market prices, saying in some provinces, including Herat, Maidan Wardak, Nuristan and Badakhshan a C.T. Scan device has been purchased in 30 million and 80,000 afs, while its market price was 11.5 million afs.
“The differences indicate up to 19 million Afs comparing the real and market prices,” she added; however, she said some officials introduced to AGO for further inquiries over embezzlement in aid for fighting the virus pandemic.
She also assured that the process of inspecting would go ahead fairly, precisely and transparently.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani met with Mark Colhun, Afghanistan’s head of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
Both sides discussed addiction challenges in Afghanistan, boosting community support programs, integration of treatment programs in health care delivery packages and the provision of treatment services for addicts in the rural villages and towns, the statement from Ministry of Public Health said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mark Colhun, UNODC head in Afghanistan shared his views and suggestions regarding the training programs and treatment of the addicts across the country, adding that his agency was ready to further extend cooperation in this area, according to the statement.
Thanking the officials of the UNODC in Afghanistan for their technical cooperation in reducing the demand for drugs, Minister Osmani requested the agency to prepare a comprehensive plan and in close coordination with national experts across the country, to improve treatment services for addicts, the statement concluded as saying.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus out of 169 samples tested over the last 24 hours.   
So far, 101,377 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 8,233 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health. 
In the last 24 hours, the ministry also reported eight new deaths from COVID-19 and 80 recoveries.   
The number of total cases is now 38,070, the total reported deaths is 1,397, and the total recoveries is 28,440.   
The cases were reported in Kabul (6), Paktia (7), Nangarhar (1), Kunduz (1) and Kunar (1) provinces.  
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 813,257 and the number of global coronavirus cases is 23,657,550, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Tuesday August 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, eight patients died due to coronavirus and 80 others has recovered within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 38,070 the total reported deaths are 1,397 and total recoveries are 28,440 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 8,233 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Sunday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 101,377 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

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