Afghanistan: 'Waiting for death' - Doctors work without pay and medicines dwindle, a month into Taliban rule

Afghanistan: 'Waiting for death' - Doctors work without pay and medicines dwindle, a month into Taliban rule

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. "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. More than $9bn …
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