Afghanistan Launches Coronavirus Information App

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  • The app can work on collecting and presenting statistics related to the Coronavirus and providing advice.
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani listened to coronavirus reports from several governors through video conference.
  • In this video conference, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, in his speech, explained the government's 9th Article on the Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Public Health unveiled an app Thursday that provides information on the coronavirus. The app, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, could be effective in providing information about COVID-19 in the country.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan politician and current president of Afghanistan, elected on 21 September 2014. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as finance minister and the chancellor of Kabul University.

The Minister of Public Health, Firuz al-Din Firuz, praised the cooperation of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in building the application. The app can work on collecting and presenting statistics related to the Coronavirus, providing health and incidental guidelines, and identifying areas where the virus is most circulating. The app also has the ability to test for the Coronavirus on its own, and those who complain of being infected with the Coronavirus can use the questionnaire in this section to make sure they are not infected.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Fahim Hashemi, head of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, called the app a “public awareness” platform that allows citizens to use their homes to learn about the Coronavirus virus.

President Speaks with Governors about Coronavirus

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani listened to coronavirus reports from several governors through video conference. The governors of Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghazni, Kandahar, Khost, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Uruzgan, and Zabul spoke about measures taken by the Provincial Committee to counter the Coronavirus.

According to the President, at the video conference, the governors presented a report to the Provincial Committee on the Anti-Coronavirus campaign, as well as discussing measures, and problems with the virus. The governors of these provinces also shared their suggestions with the President on preventing the spread of the virus in these provinces and the emerging threats. They said that the government is taking steps to fight the virus and that the public outreach process, with the cooperation of scholars and tribal leaders, has been accelerated and committees have been set up in the center and districts as well.

One governor said the restrictions on the movement of people was necessary and prevented the spread of the disease. He also praised the coordination that was established between government agencies, the private sector, civil society, and district councils. They also added that prices are controlled, medicines are being dispersed in a number of areas, and the government wants to procure more equipment.

President Ghani then addressed the governors, which, he said, were representatives of the system and its success is the success of the system. He added that $13,000 will be allocated to the provinces of Bamyan, Daikundi, Logar, Paktika, and Uruzgan, and approximately $65,500 to Ghazni, Khost and Paktia provinces.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The President directed the presidential adviser, Fazal Mahmud Fazli, to take measures to meet the needs of the provinces that require more ambulances and beds. In addition to urging the governors to take preventive measures to address the disasters that have occurred over the past ten years, measures have been taken to meet the food needs in the short and long term. The governors presented their realistic estimates.

In this video conference, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, in his speech, explained the government’s 9th Article on the Coronavirus, squaring it with the basic principles of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In light of this policy, the state has leadership and a role in combating the Coronavirus.

He urged the governors to extend their services in the fight against the Coronavirus to all points of their respective provinces, and to put the community in a new framework to combat the Coronavirus. He added that the governors had to give their own estimates of the damage caused by natural disasters over the last ten years, which should be taken in advance in light of them.

At the end of the video conference, the President said that necessary coordination was underway to reduce funding, and tasked the governors to phase out their plans to combat the Coronavirus. The President said that all governors will participate in cabinet meetings via videoconference. He also emphasized that the government has launched employment programs, urging all governors to determine the crop yields of their provinces so that necessary measures can be taken to utilize these products.

Benedict Kasigara

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