Kabul Airport restrained 500 tonnes of medical and food supplies to the needy this week. All the supplies are stuck at the airport and haven’t reached the ones who need them the most due to the airport restrictions, the World Health Organisation said.
The organisation stated figures in their statement on Monday and said that it is crucial for the medical and food supplies to reach the 300,000 people displaced in Afghanistan. WHO has added that as the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport is closed for commercial flights, it has held up the deliveries for the humanitarian aid.
The severity of the situation has increased over the past two months as the Islamic extremist militia group Taliban insurgents captured Kabul on August 15 and took over the administration of the country of Afghanistan. The WHO regional director also added that more than 18.5 million people of Afghanistan rely on the help that the organisation provides in the form of medical and food supplies.
Dr Richard Brennan who is the regional emergency director at the World Health organisation told Reuters that, “While the eyes of the world now are on the people being evacuated and the planes leaving, we need to get supplies to help those who are left behind.” He also added that WHO is calling upon the commercial flights which are flying empty to Afghanistan to come to the WHO warehouse and collect the supplies on their way.
Brennan further added that they have been advised to try other airports. He said, “We have been advised to explore options at other airports such as Kandahar, Jalalabad and Bagram air bases. We do not yet have aircraft to fly even to those bases.”
According to Henrietta Fore, who is the executive director of the UN children’s agency UNICEF, the conditions in Afghanistan are expected to deteriorate further. She added that around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance.