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PublishDate: Monday, June 21, 2021 15:40

First Iranian oxygen shipment arrives in Afghanistan's Herat

The first Iranian oxygen shipment has arrived in Afghanistan's Herat Province as the war-torn country is grappling with a new wave of the coronavirus.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Abdul Hakim Tamana, the head of Herat's public health department, said the first arrived in Herat from the Iranian city of Mashhad on Saturday.

According to the report, the Health Department of Province in cooperation with the Consul General of Afghanistan in Mashhad and the Consul General of Iran in secured a license for the consignment to leave Iran.

More shipments of medical oxygen will arrive in Afghanistan in the coming days to help the country cope with a shortage of oxygen in Herat and neighboring provinces to treat -19 patients.

According to IRNA news agency, Afghanistan’s acting health minister, Wahid , has recently said that 3,500 oxygen concentrators will enter Afghanistan from Iran soon.

As Afghanistan is grappling with the third wave of the pandemic, the oxygen shortage has become a major problem in the country’s west. The Afghan Health Ministry has recently warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” over the shortage.

Under an agreement between Iran and Afghanistan, Iran is set to send oxygen to Herat on a weekly basis.

Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Afghanistan, Iran has provided the country with medical supplies and equipment to help fight the .

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