Health Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:21:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Food Insecurity, Malnutrition Major Challenge, Dr. Abdullah Food Insecurity, Malnutrition Major Challenge, Dr. Abdullah

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulllah addressing a ceremony marking the World Food Day and launching of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul said that at the moment thirty-three percent of the population faces food insecurity and six hundred thousand children suffer from acute malnutrition. He also emphasized on solution to the problem.
Dr. Abdullah added that providing all Afghans access to adequate food and promoting better diet for women and children was one of the biggest goals of the Agenda.
“We had policies, we had methods, we worked on different strategies at different times, but the need for their coherence was felt and understood. Hence, our responsibility to ensure the safety of food was linked to various ministries and institutions. We came to the conclusion that we need to establish the National Food and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN),” said the Chief Executive.
Addressing the ceremony Minister of Public Health Ferozudding Feroz said that from the time of birth to the age of two, was the most important time to reach a child’s life, if nutrition was right from conception till that age, adding diseases were eliminated among children.
“This is essential so as to make sure malnutrition becomes something of the past for all women, men and their families and I am confident that by bringing the different sectors at government level and different departments together and making them work together you will create, reproduce very good results in putting in place a range of policies and programs to improve nutrition,” said Gerda Verburg, United Nations assistant secretary general and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said there is the need for more investment in the agricultural sector in the country in order to combat malnutrition and poverty. “Food insecurity in Afghanistan is increasing, statistics show that the lack of food safety in 2011 and 2012 was more than 30 percent but this figure has risen to 33 percent in the year 2014,” said Nasir Ahmad Durani acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
At the end of the meeting, government agencies and representatives from countries and organizations that have backed AFSeN committed to engaging in these initiatives.
“I preach on behalf of Afghanistan, on behalf of FAO, support commitment of my organization to promote Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda,” said Tomio Shichiri, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Afghanistan became the sixtieth country to receive the membership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The committee on malnutrition and food security was also established with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on the chair.

Health Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:18:42 +0000
Construction Work of Mother And Child Hospital Kick Off in Samangan Construction Work of Mother And Child Hospital Kick Off in Samangan

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aibak (BNA) The construction work of 50 bed hospital for mother and child kick off in Aibak city, Samangan province yesterday.
The hospital will be built from development budget of public health ministry in Aibak city at the cost of more than 59 million Afghanis.
Feda Mohammad Paikan deputy of public services of public health ministry said, the hospital work will be completed within 18 month.
Head of public health of Samangan told BNA, the hospital will be constructed with all necessary facilities.
T. Yarzada

Health Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:17:44 +0000
Polio Vaccination Campaign Kick Off In Bamyan Polio Vaccination Campaign Kick Off In Bamyan

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bamyan (BNA) The second round of polio vaccination campaign was started in Bamyan province yesterday.
According to BNA, the polio vaccination program started with presence of Mohammad Asef Mobalegh care-taker and deputy governor of Bamyan, Dar Wafullah Kamou care-taker of public health office and other in charges of that province.
According to BNA report, the campaign will be implemented in all districts and villages of that province.
T. Yarzada

Health Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:08:55 +0000
Second Round of Polio Vaccination Kick Off In Herat Second Round of Polio Vaccination Kick Off In Herat

Monday, September 25, 2017

Herat (BNA) The second round of polio vaccination was kick off in Herat province today.
Monesa Hasanzada social deputy of Herat vaccinating of a child started the program, asked all in charges and governors of the province to cooperate with medical teams for successful implementation of this campaign.
Dr. Abdul Hakim Taman head of public health of Herat province said, it is due that hundreds of children will be vaccinated throughout districts of Herat province.
The campaign will be continued for three day.
It is due that in this round, 634,000 children under five will be vaccinated.
T. Yarzada

Health Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:09:24 +0000
9.9 Million Children To Be Vaccinated Across The Country 9.9 Million Children To Be Vaccinated Across The Country

Monday September 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Fourth round of anti-polio vaccination has started today across the country, BNA reported.
Dr. Maiwand Ahmadzai in-charge of anti-polio in ministry of public health told BNA correspondent, this round has launched by ministry of public health with cooperation of World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The program to be continued for three days that 9.9 million will be vaccinated and anti-warm tablets also will be distributed to 5.9 million children 2-5 years, Ahmadzai underlined.

Health Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:39:04 +0000
WHO Reports New Polio Case In Afghanistan WHO Reports New Polio Case In Afghanistan

Monday September 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The infectious poliomyelitis disease is yet to be completely uprooted in militancy-hit Afghanistan as the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported one new virus from southern Zabul province on Friday.
The regional reference laboratory released a report on one new wild poliovirus (WPV1) case in August 2017, from Arghandab district of Zabul province that brings the total number of WPV1 cases in 2017 to six across the country, the organization said on its website. Investigations last year had also revealed that what was found in Bermal district of eastern Paktika province was a polio case generally linked to a virus from Southern Waziristan region of neighboring of Pakistan.
Currently only two countries, namely Afghanistan and Pakistan still remain polio endemic since Nigeria was removed from the list of polio endemic countries in 2015.

Health Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:13:14 +0000
21 Children Return From China After Medical Treatment Saturday, September 16, 2017 Kabul (BNA) Twenty-one Afghan children with congenital heart diseases have been provided free medical treatment in China, a news report says. According to Xinhua, the Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) conducted congenital heart disease screenings in Afghanistan in August. Based on the screening, 21 children were flown to Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,. For medical treatment. Doctors from hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing and Xinjiang performed surgeries on the children. Seventeen of them have already returned to Afghanistan. CRCF said the remaining four children, having undergone operations, were likely to leave hospital in a week. Under a Belt and Road humanitarian aid plan of the CRCF, more Afghan children would get free treatment in China. PAN]]> Health Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:37:21 +0000 Several Health Clinics Equipped With Advanced Medical Gadgets Several Health Clinics Equipped With Advanced Medical Gadgets

Monday August 28, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) With a sum of 85,000,000 Afs several health clinics have equipped with progressive medical apparatus in eastern Nangarhar province.
The advanced medical gadgets distributed by officials of public health department of the province in health clinics located in different parts of Bati Koot, Naziyan, Acheen, Heska Mina, Pacheragam, Khogyani and Shirzad districts of Nangarhar province.
Dr. Mohammad Shoiab Sahak deputy of public health department said BNA correspondent, the progressive medical gadgets will be facilitated regarding diagnosis and treatment of the diseases in remote areas of the province.
Efforts underway to equip other health clinics with advanced medical tools in the province, Sahak added.

Health Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:27:03 +0000
Chinese Red Cross To Cure Afghan Children Suffering VSD Chinese Red Cross To Cure Afghan Children Suffering VSD

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with delegation of China’s Red Cross at Sapidar palace.
In the meeting attended also by Chinese ambassador to Kabul, cooperation between Afghanistan Red Crescent Society and China’s Red Cross was discussed.
Delegation of the China’s Red Cross while stressing on expansion of cooperation with Afghanistan Red Crescent Society said that they were ready to take 20 Afghan children with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) to China for treatment.
According to the Chinese delegation, cooperation in connection with treatment of children suffering VSD was part of MoU signed during Afghanistan chief executive’s visit to China.
The Chinese delegation asked chief executive for cooperation in connection with providing passports to the children. In the meeting, the country’s chief executive while praising the Chinese Red Cross Society for its cooperation and assistance to the people of Afghanistan said the government would provide necessary facilities for taking Afghan children to China for treatment.
He ordered that passports should be urgently issued for children suffering VSD.

Health Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:22:31 +0000
Girls and Women Are Paying Heavy Cost of Early Marriage; Bawari Girls and Women Are Paying Heavy Cost of Early Marriage; Bawari

Sunday August 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pro. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari acting minister of information and culture has meet with UN’ office delegation to Afghanistan today.
According to BNA report, preventing child marriage was the main point of this visit, which UN delegation to Afghanistan has arranged the solution with relevant ministries.
Pro. Bawari during his meeting with Ms. Solav Mustafa in-charge of gender and Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad in-charge of youth in UN’ office in Kabul said, early marriage is a great problems that girls and women are paying the heavy cost of the phenomenon.
Ministry of information and culture is committed to cooperate with UN delegation in Kabul and relevant organs regarding the heinous action, acting minister of information and culture concluded.

Health Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:16:40 +0000