World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in Kabul on Monday, and is expected to meet the Taliban leadership to discuss the health of Afghan people.
Ghebreyesus is being accompanied by Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
Taking to Twitter, the WHO chief said that protecting the health of the Afghan people is of the utmost priority for the organisation, following which they will visit health facilities in Afghanistan.
I'm in #Afghanistan, with @WHOEMRO Director Ahmed Al Mandhari. Protecting the health of the Afghan people is of the utmost priority for @WHO. We will visit health facilities meet with @WHOAfghanistan staff, health workers, and Taliban leadership on these vital issues. pic.twitter.com/O62S9vfqrs— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 20, 2021
Ghebreyesus is also expected to speak with officials in Kabul over the World Bank's aid cut to the Afghan health sector and possibilities for restarting it, acting health minister Wahid Majrooh was quoted as saying by TOLO news agency.
According to Ahmadullah Wasiq, a member of the Cultural Commission of the Information and Culture Ministry, the WHO chief will also meet with Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund, deputy minister Mullah Baradar, and the acting foreign minister of the caretaker cabinet.
Earlier this month, the WHO said that hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new Taliban government.
Around 90 per cent of 2,300 health facilities across the country might have to close as soon as this week, the UN health agency's regional emergency director, Rick Brennan, told Reuters in an interview.
The WHO was trying to fill the gap by providing supplies, equipment and financing to 500 of the health centres, he added.