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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chairing the sub-committee meeting of the council of ministers on health affairs here on Tuesday at the Sapidar Palace, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said establishment of independent health insurance office was people’s urgent need, a statement said.
The Ministry of Public Health briefed the session on establishment of the independent health insurance organization, saying they were currently working in coordination with international institutions on a plan to establish the health insurance agency, adding the plan includes legal aspects, organizational structures and institutionalization of the health insurance culture in the country, the statement from CE press office said.
The session also approved the Ministry of Public health’s proposal for resumption of issuing licenses to pharmacies under specific and restricted conditions, the statement added.
CE Abdullah instructed Ministry of Public Health to conduct a detailed assessment of districts and remote areas and issue new licenses as per need of the people.
Considering lack of people’s access to medicines in remote areas and inattention to this matter by the country’s laws, the council of ministers had earlier suspended issuing of licenses to pharmacies.
According to the sub-committee report regarding the private sector role in health affairs, there were serious problems existed in issuing of tariff and licenses, establishment of medicines industrial park and quality of the medicines.
The Chief Executive said the problems needed to be discussed and assed in private sector’s executive committee meeting of the Chief Executive Office, the statement added.

Thursday, January 02, 2020
Kabul (BNA) An Afghan delegation from the country’s hospitals, physicians and medical experts is visiting Iran to attract Tehran’s support for joint programs for boosting public health service in the impoverished country.
A delegation from Afghanistan’s hospitals, doctors and experts on Tuesday called for developing scientific relations with Iran. The International Interaction Center of the Iranian Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology hosted the delegation whose aim is to promote scientific relations with Iran, Fars news agency reported yesterday.
Head of the International Interaction center Mahdi Qalenoyee and Spokesman for Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health Vahid Majrouh called for developing scientific relations between Iran and Afghanistan.
During the event, Iranian and Afghan knowledge-based companies presented their latest achievements and products, according to the Iranian agency.
Lack of security in Afghanistan has been a major hurdle for expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Kabul. A mine explosion earlier this year at the site of a project in Afghanistan killed an Iranian engineer and injured his colleague.
In October, Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health Firouzeddin Firouz said that his country is willing to import more Iranian medicine due to their high quality.
"Only 15% to 20% of Afghanistan's medicine market is supplied by the Iranian drugs," Firouz said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Saeed Namaki in Tehran.
He noted that the Afghan people are satisfied with the quality of the Iranian medicine, and added, "The share of Iranian drugs in this market should increase."
"Also, we can have cooperation with Iran in transferring the technology to produce medicine in the next phase," Firouz said. Iran has taken long strides in the field of health and hygiene.
In June, Iran hosted the 2nd edition of International Confutation (Conference and Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECDO-NGOs and Health Tourism Agencies Meeting in the Northern city of Ardabil with participants from the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Islamic countries.


Monday, December 23, 2019
Nimroz (BNA) Special vaccine implementation program for children has been launched in Nimroz province yesterday.
The program aims to vaccine about 70,000 children under the age of 5, but there are concern that 30,000 of these children will be disenfranchised in their neighborhoods.
According to BNA correspondent, the program was opened by Mohammad Nabi Frahewy deputy governor of Nimroz and urged people to work with children to implement the vaccine.
Deputy governor of Nimroz also expressed his concern over the lack of access to health care for children in insecure areas, said that insecurity would cause about 30,000 children to be deprived of the vaccine in that province.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the 2nd meeting on the expansion of criminal technic & forensic medicines services was held yesterday at Sapidar Palace. In the meeting, ministries of public health and interior briefed related to situation of forensic medicines and criminal Technic services.
Based on information of the technical team, that section of the forensic medicines man 2nd meeting on expansion of criminal Technic & forensic medicines services held aged by the ministry of public health is facing lack of equipment; also, the ministry is facing lack of professional cadres in DNA section. Based on the information, there are necessary equipment and professional cadres in both ministries of public health and interior and such services delivery will improve if close cooperation and coordination tighten between the two respective ministries. In the meeting, the technical team suggested that both sections of forensic medicine should be run by one of the two ministries. After hearing the report, chief executive said in current situation they would face with problem if one section shifted to another one as it would cause shortcomings in delivering services to citizens, instructing the ministry of public health to create a joint core and take serious step towards delivering forensic medicine services and DNA.

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