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Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) First autumn anti-polio vaccination campaign has begun in central Logar province yesterday.
The program has started in presence of Logar governor and some officials by dropping two drops of vaccine in the mouth of a child in this province.
Mohammad Halim Fedayee governor of Logar told BNA reporter, in this round 240,000 under five year old children to be vaccinated in central and six districts of the province.
The program to be implemented by 690 volunteers and also over 1000 children will be received Vitamin-E capsules.

Health Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:48:43 +0000
Autumn Anti-Polio Vaccination Campaign Begun In Herat Autumn Anti-Polio Vaccination Campaign Begun In Herat

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) First round of autumn anti-polio vaccination campaign has started in western Herat province today.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi governor of Herat ask all officials and local people of Herat to cooperate with health workers for implementing the program successfully.
It is supposed that in this round about 630,000 under-five year old children to be vaccinated and over 570 children will be received Vitamin-E capsules.

Health Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:45:35 +0000
World Breastfeeding Week Celebrated World Breastfeeding Week Celebrated

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health celebrated the World Breastfeeding Week with the motto “Together towards Continued Breast Feeding” at the presence of a number of government officials, representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Food Organization in Afghanistan and other health partners.
The goal was to raise public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and reduction of child mortality. Director of MoPH’s public nutrition department, Homayoun Ludin told that every year, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe aims to support breastfeeding.
Replying a question on Afghan children situation, he said, “Over the last 12 years, there were about 60 percent children facing with malnutrition, but the number had been reduced in 1392.” Calling powder milk as the main problem, he said, unfortunately, some mothers give their children powder milk, a challenge facing the children with malnutrition and many other problems, he went on to say. Likewise, the first milk of the mother, referred to as Colostrum (called “Fella” locally), has a special type of milk that occurs on the very first days after birth in the mother’s breast, which contains large amounts of active immunoglobulin cells, antibodies and other protective proteins which act as the first vaccine or immunization agent and protects the child against a large number of infections, MoPH officials stressed. There are 961 malnutrition treatment centers operational in secure and insecure provinces  of  the  country, Ludin said, adding there are also midwives in 2500 health centers who give health advices to mothers after they give birth.
Those families who are not financially good, can use the foodstuffs the health centers recommend them, he continued. The Ministry of Public Health has hired a nutrition consultant in each health facility to prevent malnutrition by educating mothers about children, infants and mothers’ nutrition. Over the past year, more than two million breastfeeding mothers have been consulted, he went on to say. The MoPH’s message to all mothers is they should continually breastfeed their children when the child gets six month, during which no water should be given to the child. After six months, they should give their children healthy foods, vegetables etc. to have sound children. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Shukria Kohistani

Health Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:32:58 +0000
Health Center To Be Built Worth 9.5 m Afghanis Health Center To Be Built Worth 9.5 m Afghanis

Tuesday August 1, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a health clinic has started in Farah city and will be completed within the next four months yesterday.
Dr. Abdul Jabar Shayeq head of public health department in Farah said BNA local correspondent, the building of the health clinic to be constructed with a sum of 9,500,000 Afghanis funded from government budget.
The health clinic will be built with standard form and modern equipment provides to settle the healthy problems of Farah’ citizens, Shayeq added.

Health Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:45:27 +0000
MoPH Signs 19 Healthcare Projects MoPH Signs 19 Healthcare Projects

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) signed 19 healthcare projects with different domestic and foreign implementing institutions in 18 provinces of the country, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. The project worth 6 billion Afghanis which include the third phase of the (SEHAT) project.
Pointing to access of people to healthcare facilities and increasing number of healthcare centers in the remote areas of the country, Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said beside focusing on basic healthcare services and hospitals, his ministry wanted to increase access to healthcare systems from 60 percent to 80 percent through implementation of the said 19 projects in the country. He also said around 200 healthcare centers to be established in remote areas of the country and 170 other healthcare centers to be upgraded.
“Ministry of Public Health is committed to increase the salary of those staffs in remote areas by 40 percent. Two percent of the budget would be allocated for the provinces of Nangarhar and Nimroz as well as one percent of the budget would be allocated to other provinces of the country from the total amount of each contracts to address health related problems of the Afghan returnees,” Dr. Feroz added as quoted in the statement.
The signed contracts included improving the nutritional status of children and mothers, recruitment of one female advisor on nutrition in each healthcare centers, establishment of durable vaccine centers in clinics, establishing of an environment where people could engage in health related debate, decision makings and monitoring of the healthcare services, installation of information boards in healthcare centers and awareness of people on prevention of diseases.

Health Sun, 02 Jul 2017 05:42:56 +0000
Several Tons Expired & Low Quality Foodstuffs Set On Fire Several Tons Expired & Low Quality Foodstuffs Set On Fire

Sunday June 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Six tons expired and low quality foodstuffs have been torched by health officials in southern Zabul province.
In-charge of public health department in Zabul told BNA reporter, the foodstuffs collected by health officials in different parts of Zabul province and set on fire.
Meanwhile, officials of public health department warned to sellers that collected expired and low quality’ foodstuffs from their stores, otherwise they will be punished.

Health Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:18:00 +0000
Parwan’ Governor Inaugurates Two Health Centers’-governor-inaugurates-two-health-centers.html’-governor-inaugurates-two-health-centers.html Parwan’ Governor Inaugurates Two Health Centers

Saturday June 24, 2017

Charikar City (BNA) Mohammad Asim Asim governor of central Parwan province inaugurated two health centers in the mentioned province, BNA reported.
Dr. Khalil Musdeq acting head of public health department in Parwan told, the two health centers had been built at the cost of over AFG 13,000,000 funded by ministry of public health.
With inauguration of infant care unit in compound of Parwan civil hospital, problems of new born children from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir provinces will be settled and the unit has capacity of 30 new born infant within 24 hours.
Also with inauguration of a public health clinic in Sayadan region of the province, health services has been provided for thousands residents in the area.
Efforts ongoing for standardizing health services by government in the province and health services and medicines are free in the mentioned health centers, Asim added.

Health Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:05:24 +0000
Blood Donation Saves Millions of Lives On The occasion of World Blood Donation Day: Blood Donation Saves Millions of Lives On The occasion of World Blood Donation Day:

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) June 14, coincides with World Blood Donor Day—a day that appreciates those who donate their bloods to rescue the people lives. This day is also coincided with Prof. Karl Landsteiner birthday anniversary, a person that had invented blood groups and won the Nobel Prize. Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Access to safe and sufficient blood and blood products can help reduce rates of death and disability due to severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.
Each day, people, particularly those injure in traffic incidents, people under operations, pregnant women during labor, infants, those injure in terrorist incidents and in battlefields will need blood, as one out of three needs to be injected with blood during his/her life. Currently, despites considerable improvements in medical science, still nothing can replace blood in body of a person. Lack of good alternative with blood and limited duration of storing blood are the issues have caused blood donation to enjoy significant position. Findings suggest that consecutive donation of blood can prevent the donator from heart and different types of other diseases. Blood donation can caused oxygen to be supplied properly, as well as it causes the blood making system to be further operational.
Our war-hit country, Afghanistan needs more volunteer blood donators.
Because, each day, many civilians and soldiers will lose their lives or injure during horrific incidents and in battlefields throughout the country.
In fact, men can donate blood four times and the women three times each year. Today, in 62 countries of the world, blood is voluntarily collected, as the World Health Organization aims to ensure the blood of needy countries until 2020 through this.   Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns market by the WHO, along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.
Lailuma Noori

Health Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:09:10 +0000
People’s Need To Overseas Treatment Should Be Reduced: President Ghani’s-need-to-overseas-treatment-should-be-reduced-president-ghani.html’s-need-to-overseas-treatment-should-be-reduced-president-ghani.html People’s Need To Overseas Treatment Should Be Reduced: President Ghani

Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz presented the ministry’s 2017-2022 plans, a presidential statement said on Thursday.
According to Minister Feroz, the plan aims to bring coordination and effectiveness in aids to health sector, responsive and durable healthcare system, increasing emergency health centers, fighting corruption and controlling the quality of medicines. Many key health indicators have improved more rapidly in Afghanistan than in most other countries that had started at a similar level of development, the World Bank (WB) official said. World Bank healthcare in charge, Benjamin, lauded the activities of Healthcare contractors, adding health services have been extended to remote areas and even that of the insecure places.
“The progress made in Afghanistan is impressive, especially given the serious security situation the country has faced over the last decade,” he added. Addressing the summit, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized that “modality of service delivery in partnership with NGOs that has significant progress on many fronts and proved remarkably resilient in the face of operational and security-related challenges. “With support from development partners, we have come a long way in improving the health conditions of millions of Afghans,” the president said, stressing the importance of communicating these results not only within Afghan society, but also, more importantly, to a wider audience around the globe. Pointing to low quality medicines in the country, the president said government was seeking ways to bring quality medicines through Afghanistan-India air corridor.
Hinting to importance of inter-ministerial cooperation in health sector, the president said there are many individuals that with no medical license offering medicines, asking the line ministries to coordinate with each other and prevent such activities of individuals. The president also emphasized on continued monitoring of the state-run hospitals’ activities, medicines and the foods. He also added that by improving the healthcare systems, the need to treatment in foreign countries should be declined.

Health Sat, 03 Jun 2017 05:58:16 +0000
Spring Anti-Polio Vaccination Campaign Begin In Badghis Spring Anti-Polio Vaccination Campaign Begin In Badghis

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second spring round of anti-polio vaccination campaign with dropping of two drops of vaccine has started in Badghis province yesterday.
Abdul Latif Rostayee acting head of public health department in the province told BNA reporter, this round started with presence of Mohammad Anwar Eshaqzai governor of the province, members of provincial council and civil and military authorities. 
It is supposed that at least 190,000 children under the age of five will be vaccinated in this round around the province, Eshaqzai added.
Also warm tablets distributed to children.
The program to be continued for next two days and will be implemented by 600 volunteers.

Health Wed, 17 May 2017 06:10:06 +0000