More than 21,000 people referred for COVID-19 diagnosis in Balkh

Bawar Media CenterJanuary 2, 2021141
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It has been almost a year since the coronavirus outbreak started in Balkh and the first positive case in the province was recorded by Yar Mohammad, a resident of Dawlatabad district who had just returned from Iran.
Dr. Ghawsuddin Anwari, Head of Balkh regional hospital and COVID-19 hospital, believes the second wave of the disease is under control. “When it first arrived, it was an unknown disease and we had shortage of equipment and facilities. In the second wave, we have enough facilities and do not worry about equipment, and patients will be easily cared for.”, Anwari added.
The head of COVID-19 hospital in Balkh says since the beginning of coronavirus epidemic, more than 21,000 people have been referred for tests, of which 3,220 cases have been confirmed positive and the rest have been negative. Numbers also indicate that so far 2,277 people have recovered while 171 have died of the disease.
Anwari added that more than 100 people go to the hospital every day for coronavirus tests, the majority of whom have had trips abroad.
According to the source, currently 14 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in the 50-bed COVID-19 hospital in Balkh regional hospital.
Mr. Anwari also stated that public awareness campaign is running through clerics, the 12 districts of Mazar-e Sharif and public health employees in crowded places, and a hotline has been created as well.
Officials at COVID-19 hospital in Balkh say there was propaganda during the first wave of the virus, but now public awareness has risen and the negative mindset has subsided.
Officials urge people to take protocols seriously to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Positive cases of COVID-19 have increased in Afghanistan in the recent past, which is believed to be an indication of the spread of the second wave of the illness.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon


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