At least 37 patients thought to be suffering from
Covid-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus, have fled
from a hospital in Afghanistan's western Herat province, a Health
Ministry spokesperson said Monday evening.
The people in question were in isolation due to the virus. They escaped the hospital with the help of their relatives after beating up staff members at the medical centre, ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said. Mayar also criticized the police for not doing anything to control the situation.
Meanwhile a spokesman for Herat governor Farhad Jellani told dpa that a total of 38 people - the 37 mentioned earlier and one virus-infected person - escaped the hospital. Authorities managed to return seven of them back to the hospital. Efforts continued on Tuesday to bring all of them back. According to the Afghan Health Ministry, all those involved in the hospital break-out had recently returned from Iran.
Why the individuals left the medical facility was not immediately clear, but videos on social media suggested they were at odds with the hospital over their treatment. The authenticity of the videos could not be verified independently.
At the same time, the Taliban offered cooperation to fight the corona pandemic. A spokesman for the group, Suhail Shaheen, said on Monday night that the group was ready to fully cooperate with international health organizations in preventing the spread of the virus.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week: govt
Violence in Afghanistan leaves 17 dead, many of them civilians
Blast at Afghan coal mine kills 7
Roadside bomb kills 7 civilians in Afghanistan
Afghan journalist and driver killed in blast
Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners
Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected
Afghan president vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners
Suicide bombing in Afghanistan leaves seven dead and dozens wounded