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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sheberghan (BNA) Private 20 bed medical hospital was inaugurated and put into exploitation by governor of Jawzjan in Sheberghan city.
Lotfullah Azizi governor of Jawzjan told BNA, the start of the hospital for the needy in Sheberghan city is a positive and effective step, and he called for the availability of such health care institutions for better health care delivery to patients.
Dr. Kaz-
]em Sediqi head of Shokran hospital said, the hospital has 20 bed and operates in general pediatric and dental sections.
The hospital consists of 30 people, including doctors and service staffs.
T. Yarzada

Health Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:16:34 +0000
220,000 Children under the Age of Five Years To Be Vaccinated 220,000 Children under the Age of Five Years To Be Vaccinated

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Herat City (BNA) It is supposed that 220,000 children under the age of five years to be vaccinated in western Herat province.
The polio vaccination campaign has been started by Muhiddin Noori deputy of Herat’s governor today.
The program to be implemented by 1500 health workers in Herat city and districts of the province, the source added. 
Mohammad Asef Kabir deputy for public health department of Herat emphasized that there is no challenges toward implementation of polio vaccine in Herat province.

Health Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:37:12 +0000
20-Bed Hospital to Be Built in Baghlan 20-Bed Hospital to Be Built in Baghlan

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Pul-e-Khumri City (BNA) A 20-bed hospital to be built by Ministry of Public Health in Khanjan district, northern Baghlan province yesterday.
Dr. Abdul Halim Ghafari deputy of public health department in Baghlan told BNA correspondent, construction work of Gazagail 20-bed hospital has been started with a sum of over 46.8 million Afghanis funded by Ministry of Public Health in Khanjan district of the province.
By construction of the hospital health services would be provided to patients of Khanjan, Talo-Barfak and Andarab districts of the province, Ghafari added.
At the same time, the construction work of three clinics underway in Dehsalah, Jalga and Pul Hesar district of Baghlan province Ghafari underlined.

Health Tue, 11 Sep 2018 05:48:21 +0000
Nearly 14m Children in Afghanistan to be Immunized Against Measles Nearly 14m Children in Afghanistan to be Immunized Against Measles

Sunday, September 02, 2018
Kabul (BNA The Government of Afghanistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have yesterday launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children 13.8 million children aged 9 months to 10 years against measles.
At the launching ceremony, Afghan Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, described this intervention as “life-saving and will have positive impact on child health”. He also acknowledged the ongoing support of partners who are working with the Ministry of Public Health to improve the lives of children in Afghanistan.
Measles is one of the most contagious infections known to humans, and ranks among the top four childhood killers worldwide. In Afghanistan, of the 25,000 reported cases in 2017, 85 per cent are amongst children under the age of ten.  This spans over 20 of the 34 provinces across Afghanistan, with the worst affected provinces being Kabul, Paktika, Kunar, Badghis and Ghor
Speaking at the event, WHO Representative in Afghanistan Dr. Richard Peeperkorn said: “Safe and effective measles vaccine has been in use for the past 60 years worldwide and in Afghanistan since 1984…we hope that this campaign will reach every child, especially the most vulnerable target population.” Dr. Peeperkorn stressed the importance of routine immunization, which “remains the backbone of measles control efforts and contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The measles vaccine will be administered free of charge in all mosques, villages and health facilities throughout the country, targeting all children under the age of ten, irrespective of their previous measles vaccination status or history of disease. This campaign will be implemented in two phases.  The first phase will run from 1-10th September targeting 16 provinces including the most affected, at risk and accessible provinces.  The second phase, from 17 -26 November will cover the remaining 18 provinces.
“Immunization has been proven as one of the most cost-effective and lifesaving interventions against killer childhood diseases. Every girl and boy must be reached no matter who they are and where they live,” says Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “I call upon parents, caregivers, community leaders and all stakeholders to ensure that both girls and boys under the age of ten years can safely reach a mosque or village health facility, so we can together save the life lives of millions of children in Afghanistan.” Khodr emphasised
With the support of the GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the upcoming campaign will cost approximately US$ 14.6 million (5.6 m for vaccines and USD 9 million for operations) – to cover procurement of 14.8 million doses of vaccine, logistics, training, measles case management and activating social networks in communities to ensure local buy-in.
”I congratulate the government of Afghanistan for this landmark campaign,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance.
“Low vaccine coverage, mass population displacements and persistent insecurity have posed an immense challenge to measles control. Strengthening Afghanistan’s routine immunisation must be a top priority to secure further reductions in mortality from this vaccine-preventable disease.”
The Afghanistan Demographic Health Survey of 2015 estimates that only 60% of eligible Afghan children receive their first dose of measles vaccine every year while less than 40% receive the second dose. Low coverage has led to approximately 300 deaths from the disease last year. Routine vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns remain key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths.
The Kabul Times

Health Sun, 02 Sep 2018 06:06:16 +0000
Mass Measles Vaccine Campaign Kick Off in Afghanistan Mass Measles Vaccine Campaign Kick Off in Afghanistan

Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mass measles vaccine campaign has started in 17 provinces of the Afghanistan today.
It is supposed that 13.8 million children aged 9 months to 10 years will be received measles vaccinations.
Officials in public health ministry say, for the first time the campaign will be implemented in 17 provinces then will be implemented across the country.
It has been said, thousands children will be deprived from measles vaccinations due to presence and threat of terrorist groups in their areas.
Ministry of public health’s authorities asked from Taliban and other terrorist groups to allow implementing of measles vaccinations.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s officials demanded from families to implement measles vaccine for their children (9 months to 10 years).

Health Sat, 01 Sep 2018 09:01:03 +0000
India Offers Afghanistan Help in Treating Children with Congenital Heart Disease India Offers Afghanistan Help in Treating Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Friday August 31, 2018 Kabul (BNA) India has assured Afghanistan of continued financial assistance for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from congenital heart disease as part of its massive humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country, it learnt. India has been providing annual financial assistance of one million dollars since 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). The third instalment of USD 1 million was disbursed to ARCS in August 2017. With this assistance, from August 2017 to July 2018, a total of 467 Afghan children, covering age group from as young as four months to 18 years have been treated at Artemis, Fortis, Max Hospital and other hospitals. Kabul is hopeful that many more needy Afghan children and their families would benefit from this assistance. India takes pride in being able to contribute towards the good health and well-being of Afghan children and people of the embattled country. India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects. The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country. India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to New Delhi in late 2016. Thestatesman Ansari

Health Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:03:04 +0000
$8.1m Japanese Grant to Benefit Millions Of Afghan Children$81m-japanese-grant-to-benefit-millions-of-afghan-children.html$81m-japanese-grant-to-benefit-millions-of-afghan-children.html $8.1m Japanese Grant to Benefit Millions Of Afghan Children

Tuesday August 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Japan has responded to an urgent call for scaling up maternal and child health action in Afghanistan with new assistance to UNICEF of $8.1 million.
The grant is a part of the overall support for the wellbeing of mothers and children, with focus on health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, through the scale-up of the system as part of the Basic Primary Health Service (BPHS) across all 34 provinces. A grant-signing ceremony was held today at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul between Ambassador Mitsuji Suzuka and UNICEF representative Adele Khodr. Minister of Public Health Ferozudin Feroz was also in attendance.
“I would like to thank the government and people of Japan for supporting the Ministry of Public Health in scaling up this important project. I would like to thank UNICEF, our trusted partner…” the minister added.
Since January 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNICEF, the WHO and other partners have been working together to develop Afghanistan’s first ever integrated home-based and hand-held personal record of maternal and child health and nutrition.
A prototype of the Afghanistan Maternal and Child Health Handbook (MCHHB) was developed last year and piloted in Kama and Mirbachakot districts. The Ministry of Public Health is now ready to scale up implementation of the MCHHB across all 34 provinces. The contribution will target 5.2 million beneficiaries – 2.1 million pregnant women and 3.1 million children under two years of age – and their respective families. Adele Khodr said: “UNICEF values the partnership with the government of Japan and the sustained support to children in need, especially within a protracted context such as Afghanistan. “Continued investment in Afghanistan’s children, especially the most vulnerable is a key building block for the future stability and development of this country,” she stressed. Ambassador Suzuka remarked: “One aspect of Japan’s development policy is promotion of improvement of the public health system, especially for women. This system continues for more than 70 years in Japan and has now been expanded in many parts of the world. “This handbook is a collection of information that highlights the health of children. The mothers become happy whenever looks at the handbook and see the healthy growth of their children at growing stage and afterwards. Now it’s time for Afghanistan to be distributed through their relevant authorities. “Although, it is important, of course, the distribution of the handbook itself does not guarantee the health of the mothers and healthy growth of the children. It is essential to have a good public health network, access to health facilities and the cooperation of public health personnel. I hope that the handbook will be used better in Afghanistan and further developed.”

Health Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:33:30 +0000
About 7,500 Children with VSD in the West Expect Treatment About 7,500 Children with VSD in the West Expect Treatment

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Herat (BNA) Approximately 260 children with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) in the western province of Afghanistan have been treated, BNA reported yesterday.
Provincial director of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Nooruddin Ahmadi told BNA, of the 7500 children with VSD disease in the western region of the country, 260 of them have been treated so far.
There are still 7500 children with VSD disease in the western parts of the country which are treated in turn, Ahmadi added.
He further said, if a child with VSD has a sever health condition and threatens her death, regardless of the times it is being treated.

Health Sun, 26 Aug 2018 05:34:29 +0000
In Parwan; Over 158,000 Children To be Vaccinated In Parwan; Over 158,000 Children To be Vaccinated

Monday August 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Aiming polio eradication, autumn round of polio campaign has started in central Parwan province today.
Dr. Abdul Khaliq Musadeq head of public health department in Parwan told in this round more than 158,000 under five years old children to be vaccinated and vitamin tablets will be distributed for 139,000 children under the age of 6 months to five years old.
Fazulldin Ayar governor of Parwan demanded from health workers and families to seriously pay attention on implementation of polio vaccination.
Meanwhile, Mawlavi Mohammad Jawed Hanafi head of Ulema council in Parwan asked from clergies to give awareness regarding polio vaccine for people.

Health Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:36:33 +0000
Autumn Round of Polio Vaccination Kick Off in Samangan Autumn Round of Polio Vaccination Kick Off in Samangan

Monday August 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) First round of autumn polio vaccination campaign kicked off in northern Samangan province yesterday.
According to BNA report, the program has been started by dropping two drops vaccine on the mouth of a child by Abdul Latif Ibrahimi governor of Samangan.
Dr. Mohammad Nazar Hamidi an in-charge in public health department of Samangan told, in this round polio vaccine to be implemented for 109,000 children under the age of five years across the province.
Abdul Latif Ibrahimi governor of Samangan asked from people to prepare their children for implementation of vaccine.

Health Mon, 06 Aug 2018 06:56:39 +0000