India on Thursday provided the seventh batch of medical assistance to Afghanistan consisting of 6 tons of essential medicines as part of its ongoing humanitarian assistance.
The shipment was handed over to Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul. “In view of the urgent appeals by the United Nations to assist the people of Afghanistan, India has so far provided 20 tons of medical assistance in seven batches, which include essential life-saving drugs, anti-tuberculosis drugs, 500 000 doses of COVID Vaccine, etc. These medical shipments have been handed over to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul,” the MEA said in a statement.
He further added, “In order to ensure food security in Afghanistan, India has provided food aid of 35,000 tons of wheat.”
Moreover, following the recent tragic earthquake, India, as the first responder, provided nearly 28 tons of humanitarian aid in two relief flights. These relief shipments were handed over to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).
“In addition, India is in the process of shipping more medical aid and wheat to Afghanistan in coordination with UN agencies on the ground,” the MEA statement said.
On June 22, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, killing more than 1,000 people in Barmal and Giyan districts in Paktika province and Spera district. in Khost province.
In addition, at least 1,455 people were injured in three of the six worst affected districts of Barmal, Giyan and Spera, many of them seriously. Over 10,000 homes were destroyed.
Following this, India on June 23 handed over the first consignment to support Afghan nationals affected by the earthquake.
India has also deployed a team to the Kabul Embassy to coordinate the efforts of stakeholders for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The Taliban have welcomed India’s decision to send back its technical team to continue humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, immediate humanitarian aid was sent to the affected areas on June 22, including 10 tons of medical supplies sufficient for 5,400 surgeries and medical treatments covering 36,000 people for three months by WHO.