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    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53198785

    Coronavirus overwhelms Afghanistan’s war-ravaged hospitals
    By Secunder Kermani BBC News

    30 June 2020


    As coronavirus spreads in Afghanistan, the cracks in the country's healthcare system - already weakened by decades of war - are starting to show. BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan Correspondent Secunder Kermani reports on the country's worsening Covid-19 crisis.

    When Ahmad Shah's wife developed coronavirus symptoms, he tried to take her to one of Kabul's government hospitals. But free beds are in short supply in the city, and resources are desperately stretched. Even though she was experiencing breathing difficulties, doctors advised Mr Shah to treat her at home himself.

    "One told me, 'If you truly love her, please take her home and do the treatment there," Mr Shah told the BBC.

    He bought his own oxygen supply and mask. Demand has been so high during the pandemic that the price of cylinders has doubled in recent weeks. They now cost around 200...
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