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Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Head and members of Kabul-based Ancient Herat Socio-Cultural Council and Mawlavi Ghulam Mohammad Juya, member of religious scholars council of the ministry of hajj and Islamic affairs thank doctors of the Kabul Emergency Hospital for their professional efforts in treatment of Nazar Mohammad Juya, son of Mr. Juya and ask further success for them in their works and services for the country’s citizens.

Health Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:11:27 +0000
Construction Works of 14 Health Projects Initiated Construction Works of 14 Health Projects Initiated

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Kabul (BNA) With a sum of USD 2,000,000 the construction works of 14 health projects have been initiated by Ferozidin Feroz Minister for Public Health during an official visit in Herat province.
According to BNA, establishing of artificial limbs workshop, assistive devices for Herat regional hospital, basic clinic of Oba district, Herat regional blood bank, maternity hospital of regional Herat are included of the projects and two Ambulances donated for Chesht-e-Sharif and Torghundi township.
Also construction works of Herat ambulance substation, Herat-Islam Qala, Herat-Torghundi, Herat-Kandahar substations, Gulran district clinic, second floor of Shahrak Jebrayel of Herat province, 12-bed hospital of Herat and oxygen generator device have been started by minister of public health.

Health Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:53:10 +0000
Polio Vaccination To Prevent Children From Permanent Paralysis, Dr. Farzad Polio Vaccination To Prevent Children From Permanent Paralysis, Dr. Farzad

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

Kabul (BNA) Nowadays, vaccination is an effective and cheap way to reduce children mortality, particularly those below 5.
Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause paint, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases theses vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic-prevention are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children. Immunization can save the families time and money. In some cases, a child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can resumed in prolonged disability and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. One of the most dangerous diseases among the children is polio. Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. In about 0.5% of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in inability to move. This can occur over a few hours of few days. The weakness most often involves the legs but may less commonly involve the muscles of the head, neck and diaphragm. Many but not all people fully recover. In those with muscle weakness about 2% to 5% of children and 15% to 30% of adults die. Another 25% of people have minor symptoms such as fever and sore throat and up to 5% have headache, neck stiffness and pains in the arms and legs. These people are usually back to normal within one or two weeks. In up to 70% of infections there are no symptoms. Years after recovery post-polio syndrome may occur, with a slow development of muscle weakness similar to that which the person had during the initial infection. Dr. Farzad, an orthopedist in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospital told, that polio is a dangerous decease which causes death and permanent paralysis among the children. “Poliovirus is usually spread from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. It may also be spread by food or water containing human feces and less commonly from infected saliva. Those who are infected may spread the disease for up to six present,” Dr. Farzad further said. The disease may be diagnosed by finding the virus in the faces or detecting antibodies against it is the blood. The disease only occurs naturally in humans, he added. Therefore, the only way to prevent children below five from polio is two drops of polio vaccination, Dr. Farzad further said. This is while that Afghanistan is one of the three polio endemic countries of the world, where polio symptoms seen among the children.
Karima Malikzada

Health Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:25:56 +0000
People, Govt. Should Support Public Upraising Against Addiction People, Govt. Should Support Public Upraising Against Addiction

Saturday December 31, 2016

Kabul (BNA) If sometimes we see under the bridge of Kabul river, we see that large crowds of our countrymen including teenagers, youth and old men are at quarters with addiction innocently that immediately attract the astonishing eyes of every visitor.
These our fellow-citizens whom mostly are youth have unfortunately lost peaceful and dignified life of their families and leading a miserable life among garbage and trashes, and ask help from thousands visitors who are watching them and invite them for salvation from the bloody claws of addiction Monster. On the addicts, meaningful silence, no war on addiction and no step for eradication of poppy cultivation is controversial. Passing every day the number of addicts is increasing, poppy cultivation has been astronomically developing and drug trafficking is frankly continuing. The armed-terrorists use opium as a source of income by which they fund and equip their militants. Why, opium is being smuggled from sensitive places of our country? And our security forces are unaware of it, why thousands hectar lands are under poppy cultivation and the area of poppy fields is increasing and our relevant security forces are silent against this catastrophe? Only the government is not responsible before the addicts, our nation is also responsible.
If they don’t contribute beside the government in war on this devastating calamity, we would witness unexpected consequences. If we keep silence against this shameful phenomenon, we should understand that soon the flashes of this fire which has already been ignited under the Pul-e-Sokhta bridge its flames would change thousands innocent Muslims to ashes. So the government, society and families are responsible before addicts to eradicate poppy cultivation and then treat the innocent addicts. The well-to –do compatriots establish addicts’ treatment centers and treat them indiscriminately and rescue them from devastation and return them with healthy body to their families. Unfortunately today many suspect sources and individuals throughout the country supply and distribute drugs for addicts and encourage them. But these type of individuals though all at the moment have been abused by enemies and move towards the interests of our enemies, should understand that what they do is like a fire that they have inflamed by their own hands and blazed their homes and soon or later the black smoke of these devastating flames would penetrate to their families’ eyes, nose and lungs and eliminate them. Our citizens must not be indifferent before addiction to rescue these unlucky mass otherwise there is no guarantee that in the future this fatal disease would not affect us. Essential individual and collective measures are required for salvation of these people. Some people mock addicts and have eyes on their expansive properties to purchase them in low prices. Morally this is irresponsibility and is the sign of their opportunism. Because instead to take hands of these helpless people and rescue them, plunder their properties. As a solution, it should be said that government, people particularly rich countrymen should collectively upraise against this inauspicious phenomenon and eliminate it otherwise all of us specially our children and grandchildren will be destroyed in this fatal fire.
Lailuma Noori

Health Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:27:37 +0000
Malnutrition To End By 2030, Official Malnutrition To End By 2030, Official

Tuesday December 27, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Improper nutrition has been blamed to be the worst reason behind most cases of children and mothers’ undernourishment in Afghanistan, officials in the ministry of public health said.
Malnutrition affected children fail to normally grow and keep their intelligence intact in a country like Afghanistan, where most of them lacked sound nutrition rising from economic problems in their families, said Dr. Mah Gul working for Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, adding children under 5 years of their ages usually suffer from malnutrition. She advised mothers not to leave breastfeeding their newborn babies until they reach two years of their ages, otherwise, they would find them affected with such abnormality. “Taking different types of foods with enough advised vitamins as well as vegetables helps both mother and child remain healthy and fresh and saved of unintelligence, during pregnancy and after birth they both should have normally the same menu,” said Dr. Mah Gul. She also called on mothers to keep themselves healthy during both pregnancy and afterbirth, by usually referring to the related healthcare centers. Meanwhile, according to the ministry of public health, malnutrition cases are expected to be ended by 2030, a priority of the ministry that could echo as good news among the Afghan citizens.
44 percent of under 25 individuals, including women during pregnancy suffer from iron deficiency and anemia and more than 18 percent of children suffer lack of vitamin D, a deficiency would push children towards growing abnormally, said the ministry’s officials. Insufficient nutrition would cause unintelligence in the children that gradually leads to an unsound society, said the official. Meantime, physicians blame some households with newborns for not obeying health advices and failing to distinguish between quality and non-quality milk powders. “They [mothers] usually purchase milk powers packed in colorful cans and believe these types could contain quality stuff. While this approach is wrong, and they should refer to the related physicians and take advice that which one should be prescribed as the most effective food and tunic nutrient for their babies.”
Shukria Kohistani

Health Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:31:00 +0000
Smoking Hookah Seriously Harms Health Smoking Hookah Seriously Harms Health

Monday December 12, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Over the last several years, smoking shisha has increased among the youth and teenagers, as a number of the Kabul citizens while expressing concern over the issue said that a number of youth have been addicted while they immigrated to foreign countries.
Obaidullah, a Shahr-e-Naw resident told that there are many hookah bars in Kabul city and unfortunately the youth can easily access shisha. He also added that I am of those youth who daily go to hookah bars with his friends and smoke hookah, although, I know it harms my health, but it is so hard to leave that. Anosh, another resident believes that narcotics must not be used, but unfortunately, he smokes cigarette and shisha since one year. He asked the ministries of public health and interior to close the hookah bars and cafes, so the people never go there. A number of people said if serious attention was not paid by the ministry of public health and other relevant organizations, a huge number of youth would be addicted in the future. This is while that recent World Health Organization (WHO) findings suggest that one person is being died in each 8 seconds in the world due to using narcotics.
It is to be mentioned that the tobacco control law, with five season and 25 article have recently been approved by the lower house of the parliament. Based on this law, smoking is not allowed in general places. Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon. Although, many users think it is less harmful, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Hookah tobacco and smoke contain many toxic agents that can cause clogged arteries and heart disease. In fact, an hour-long hookah smoking session involves 200 puffs, while smoking an average cigarette involves 20 puffs, and shisha smokers are at high risk of oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function, decreased fertility.
Shukria Kohistani

Health Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:21:23 +0000
President Ghani Blames Health Contracts Against Procurements System President Ghani Blames Health Contracts Against Procurements System

Monday, December 12, 2016

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said BPHS, Basic Package of Health Services and EPHS, the Essential Package of Health Services against the procurement procedure, his office said in a statement the other day.
In a meeting of representatives from the Public Health Ministry, the National Procurements Office (NPO) and the World Bank (WB) held at the presidential Palace late on Friday, the president said health services were not satisfactory by 27 national and international organizations launched their works in 21 provinces of the country. According to the statement, the president said corruption, incompetency, late payment of salaries to the staff and lack of facilities of for women were threatening live of mothers. Extending the contracts with the organizations for six months, the president was quoted by the statement as saying, “Contracts in the past three years with non-governmental organizations were against the procurement system.” The statement added that the president would assess health services of 27 national and international organizations with the provincial governors through video conferences and directed the ministry to review the implementation process of the projects closely and share reports about with his office. According to him, contracts with non-governmental organizations would be signed based on their performance in future, Ghani added. World Bank representative Shubham Chaudhuri said the performance of non-government organizations should be accurately assessed after their projects were implemented, with the public health minister assuring that work had been done to eradicate corruption within the ministry and any related officer would be brought to justice if found corrupt.

Health Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:10:31 +0000
Ways To Prevent AIDS Ways To Prevent AIDS

Thursday December 01, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those millions of people who have died of the disease worldwide. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day. Since 1995, the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Thailand and Uganda tried their best to overcome the outspread of AIDS. As of 2013, the disease has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV, being added with annually 5.6 million other, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Between 40to 80,000 people affect the disease each year in the US, mostly through injection, though with other sources like drug addicted individuals.
Prevention programs are not successful on pregnant mothers and their HIV disease could transfer via the affected mothers to the children with possibility of more than 90 percent, with the US having the highest number of up to 7000 children with HIV, each year, through the affected mothers. In Afghanistan, the rate is very low, because the people live under strict religious and traditional conditions and the Islamic law, illegal sexual relation is prevented. But, the disease is feared to break out in the future as the UN/AIDS Organization, and WHO has estimated the number of HIV affected people would rise over 8,000 people until 2020, due to the growing event of illegal sexual and homosexual relationships in Afghanistan. Other problems could help outbreak of the disease are nonobservance of healthcare, using polluted syringes for injection, using unconfirmed health means in healthcare centers, while in Afghanistan, besides these, low awareness of the from the harms of the HIV disease would the case rise among the people, however, the UN has announced 2030 the end of AIDS.
Lailuma Noori

Health Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:17:56 +0000
UN Supports Deputy Ministry On Youth Affairs With Healthcare Services UN Supports Deputy Ministry On Youth Affairs With Healthcare Services

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The United Nation’s health section to assist deputy ministry on youth affairs of the Ministry of Information and Culture in healthcare services to the country’s youth, BNA reported.
According to the agency, Dr. Kamal Sadat acting minister of information and culture and deputy minister on youth affairs discussed youths’ healthcare services with the UN’s health affairs in charge Abdul Sabor Mohmand here yesterday.
Both sides discussed to expand the health services across the country. The programs had already began in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul, the agency added. According to acting minister of information and culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat, the program would soon began in Microrayon area of Kabul and would be expanded to Takhar, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces. Based on the program, the youth would share their health related problems with the doctors, where separate doctors of male and female would be available. Those youths who need to be treated would be introduced to the hospitals, while the others would be advised by the professional physicians. The programs is one of the initiatives of the deputy ministry on youth affairs and is being supported by the UN office in Kabul and the Ministry of Public Health. A separate consultancy line of 120 has also been established where the youths can share their problems with the healthcare professor through the phone.

Health Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:40:40 +0000
186, 600 U-5 Year Children To Be Vaccinated In Farah 186, 600 U-5 Year Children To Be Vaccinated In Farah

Tuesday November 22, 2016

Farah City (BNA) Anti-polio vaccination program has started in western Farah province the other day, local officials reported.
Mohammad Nasir Mehri spokesman of Farah governor told BNA, the program has officially started under the chairmanship of Mohammad Yunus Rasooli acting governor of Farah province.
The program will be implemented by 48 coordinators, 180 supervisors and 1600 volunteers in center and all districts of the province, Mehri added.
Sometimes ago anti-polio vaccination had been launched in Farah province that thousands children were vaccinated, but due to recent clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces in insecure areas of the province a number of children had not been vaccinated, therefore the program was held for second time, Mehri further added.
In this program possibly 186, 600 children under-five year will be vaccinated.

Health Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:41:00 +0000