Pakistan Offers Medical Help to Quake-Ravaged Afghanistan

Pakistan has decided to send a special medical team and medicines to Afghanistan to help the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck the western province of Herat on Saturday.

Pakistan’s humanitarian gesture

According to sources within the Ministry of Health, a 10-member medical team will soon leave for Afghanistan to provide assistance to the injured citizens. The team will be headed by Dr. Faiz Achakzai, a neurosurgeon from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad. The team will include doctors and nurses from the departments of neurosurgery, general surgery, and bone and joint specialists.

The sources also said that a cargo of medicines will be sent along with the medical team, and the arrangement of medicines has been done by the federal hospitals. The medical team will leave for Afghanistan in two phases, with the first one departing from Islamabad and the second one from Peshawar and Quetta.

Afghanistan’s worst quake in years

The earthquake that hit Herat on Saturday was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan in two decades, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring more than 2,000 others, according to the Taliban administration. The quake had a magnitude of 6.3 and occurred at a depth of 35 km (20 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake caused landslides and destroyed hundreds of mud-built houses in the mountainous region, trapping many people under the rubble. Villagers and volunteers have been using their bare hands and shovels to dig for survivors, while rescue teams have been facing difficulties in reaching remote areas due to poor roads and communication networks.

The Taliban has appealed for international help for the rescue and relief efforts, and several countries and organizations have pledged their support. The UN, the WHO, Iran, Turkey, China, India, Pakistan, and others have offered to send aid and assistance to the quake-hit areas.

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