Forced returning of Afghan migrants amid increasing threats of coronavirus

In the wake of extensive of Coronavirus outbreak in Iranian cities, the Afghan refugees have been forced to leave that country and repatriate to their homeland.
Addressing the media, a source in the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriates (MoRR) said that in recent weeks over 15000 people have been returning on daily base while a part of these repatriates are those who have been deported by Iranian police and repatriated forcefully. Such repatriation of refugees has increased the threats of coronavirus outbreak, because these refugees repatriate from those cities in which coronavirus has already extensively out broken and most likely at least a number of these repatriates carry coronavirus into Afghanistan because as it has already experienced, transferring of the accommodation from one place to the next one and from a city to the next disseminate the virus. Therefore, in case of the virus outbreak, the whole city is quarantined.
All these have caused strong concerns among citizens that the virus may influence by repatriates from Iran into Afghanistan. Restricted resources available with the MoPH at the borders or adjacent provinces, cannot simultaneously cover all repatriates and show that whether they are affected or not?. Particularly that the virus doesn’t show itself for a while and the signs and impact of the virus are not unveiled quickly and until a time it is not understand that whether the person is affected or not?
Prior to this, certain ideas were appeared that our borders with Iran should be shut and not one would be allowed to pass through. But the Afghan refugees if either are repatriated voluntarily or forcefully expelled and deported by the Iranian authorities, cannot be stopped behind the borders.
At the moment the only reasonable solution is that the MoPH and its partners increase essential resources and trained personnel for diagnosis and upgrade grade of their co-efficient efforts many fold to prevent the virus outbreak in villages, cities and rural areas.
Without preventing repatriation of refugees, it should be precisely diagnosed that what number of these repatriating refugees have been affected with the virus and how many are suspect and what steps must be taken to prevent its further outbreak.
These repatriates should also cooperate the MoPH and upon arrival, should allow to be completely checked and make sure for their non-affection, stay in Herat and other border cities and be continuously in contact with relevant diagnostic centers of the MoPH.
Upon appearing of the first signs, the repatriates and refugees should refer to diagnostic centers and check themselves and if they go to cities or villages in other provinces should quarantine themselves for a while, don’t contact with others until make sure that they are not affected.
All these repatriating refugees are required to precisely listen to recommendation and suggestions and instructions of the MoPH and relevant partners and implement them, so neither to cause problem to their families and relatives and villages nor others.
Fight against coronavirus, this common enemy of mankind, is neither only the job of the MoPH and other bodies nor they are capable to tackle it alone. It is a common obligation and responsibility of all people.

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