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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 #oxygen_tanker arrived in Herat from the Iranian city of Mashhad on Saturday.

According to the report, the Health Department of #Razavi_Khorasan Province in cooperation with the Consul General of Afghanistan in Mashhad and the Consul General of Iran in #Herat 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 #COVID-19 patients.

According to IRNA news agency, Afghanistan’s acting health minister, Wahid #Majrooh, 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 #deadly_pandemic.

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