1 Jul 2022

India Sends 6 Tons Of Medical Aid To Afghanistan After Earthquake

India handed Afghanistan a seventh batch of medical aid on Thursday that included 6 tons of essential medicines as part of its ongoing humanitarian aid program.
The load was transferred to Indira Gandhi Hospital, Kabul.

"As a result of urgent requests by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Afghanistan, India has so far provided us with 20 tons of medical supplies in seven batches, including essential life-saving medicines, anti-tuberculosis drugs, 500,000 doses of TB. The COVID vaccine, etc. These medical supplies have been donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Kabul, "the MEA said in a statement. It also adds, "To ensure food security in Afghanistan, India. Has provided food aid of 35,000 MTs of wheat."

In addition, in the aftermath of the recent catastrophic earthquake, India, as the first country, has provided approximately 28 tons of earthquake assistance to two aid planes. The supplies were transferred to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).

"In addition, India is in the process of sending more medical and wheat aid to Afghanistan in partnership with UN agencies," the MEA said in a statement.

On June 22, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, killing more than 1,000 people in the Barmal and Giyan districts of Pakistan and the Spera region of Khost province.

In addition, at least 1,455 people were injured in all three of the six worst-affected regions of Barmal, Giyan, and Spera - many of them seriously. More than 10,000 houses have been destroyed.

Following this, India handed over the first mission on June 23 to support the Afghan people affected by the earthquake.

India has also sent a delegation to the Kabul Embassy to coordinate the efforts of stakeholders in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The Taliban has welcomed India's decision to reinstate its technical team to continue helping people in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, emergency services were dispatched to the affected areas on June 22, comprising 10 tons of 5,400 surgical surgeries and 36,000 people undergoing treatment for three months by WHO.

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