KABUL, Afghanistan

Afghanistan on Tuesday launched its maiden N-95 facial mask manufacturing factory as the country’s fragile health system struggles in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

According to health officials, over a thousand workers would work at this public-private venture aimed at meeting surging demand for facial masks and safety kits for health workers.

Speaking at the occasion, Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz hailed the tighter government measures of nationwide lockdown as effective in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 in the war-ravaged country.

“If we continue with such quarantine measures, inshallah, in two months we would be able to overcome

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