Afghanistan: ‘Waiting for death’ – Doctors work without pay and medicines dwindle, a month into Taliban rule | World News



The doctor in front of us has had multiple Taliban death threats – he hasn’t been paid for months and yet he’s still working at one of the government hospitals in Kabul. Many of his staff are too – for free.

About 20% of the staff have left, unable to carry on working and feeding their families without a salary.

But the others – including female health workers – are working for no pay as medicines gradually run out and equipment and drug supplies dwindle. Unless there are huge changes, this is simply unsustainable.

Women's ward of a hospital in Afghanistan
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Many health professionals are working for no pay as medicines gradually run out
Nurses have not been paid for three months
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Nurses have not been paid for three months

“Every morning when I come into hospital, I think maybe today the hospital will collapse,” a doctor, who wants to remain anonymous, said.

It’s as simple as that. Afghanistan is running on empty.

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