Sunday March 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Despites the development of health service in the last more than 16 years in the country, over 12,000 people loss lives to the fatal disease each year in Afghanistan.
The disease is nearly controlled in high extent, with many healthcare centers in many big cities of the country, but it still remained dangerous to many people with no access to healthcare centers, as estimated in the last many years. The ministry of public health has announced that some 60,000 people are each year affected by Tuberculosis, but estimates suggested that the disease has been reduced to 42,812 cases, making 62 percent of all disease cases in the country, with 58 percent women and 42 percent men. “1937 TB treatment centers have been established in the country,” Dr. Najibullah Safi, head of public health ministry’s preventive medicine told media.
Afghanistan is among 22 world countries with more TB cases affecting women more than men, said Safi who expressed hope, “Fortunately, by increase in the number of treatment centers in many parts of the country we could reduce the case.” He added that last week a contract costing 8 million USD was signed between Afghanistan and Japan, which is expected to be spent in purchasing TB medications for 2018, 2019 and 2020, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Those affected with TB should refer to the certain treatment centers timely in their near provinces, said a health expert, Dr. Azizullah who regretted for wide number of people with economic problem and their failure to access to the central provinces, due to prevailing insecurities. The main reason behind increase in the number of TB affected women that they spouses were not ready to take them to the treatment centers, particularly those living in the remote provinces. “I recovered after referring to a TB treatment center and hospitalization in Kabul from Maidan/Wardak,” Shogufa who recently released from hospital told The Kabul Times. He asked the government to provide ground for the TB affected patients to be treated soon. March 24 coinciding World TB day marked each year worldwide including Afghanistan.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked yesterday to governors of 34 provinces in particular related to complete eradication of polio and holding entry test through video conference in National Tawheed Center.
First, advisor to president on political affairs and envoy to president on polio eradication Najibullah Mujadidi and minister of public health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz reported in connection with national process of polio eradication and implementation of polio vaccination across the country.
Minister of public health added that they had necessary preparation to vaccine all returned children under five and informed of a serious plan for complete eradication of polio until the end of 2017.
Afterwards, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah by praising ministries of higher education and public health for achievements and steps in this regard said there should be no interferences in entry test which was a national process.
Pointing to eradication of polio across the country, chief executive said the national unity government was committed to pave better ways for implementation of polio vaccination programs in the country.
In his speech, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised governors in particular those participating in frontline of battlefield for better management of war.
Pointing to possible natural incidents in future, the country’s President told governors that weather forecast have shown that floods would flow in a number of areas of the country; therefore, prior measures should be adopted in this regard.
President Ghani further said that relevant ministries should hold regular sessions under the direct supervision of chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to counter polio virus and find better ways to fight the respective virus, adding that districts threatened by polio virus should be identified and security forces were to maintain security of the respective areas.
Thursday March 9, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a big health clinic has started in northern Panjshir province yesterday.
Mir Aqa Esmati head of public health department of Panjshir said BNA reporter, the health clinic to be built on 1400 square meters of land based on high and standard quality by India with a cost of USD 200,000 in Karman village, Dara district of the province.
Deputy Governor, tribal elders and provincial authorities of Panjshir were presented in the ceremony.
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Kunduz City (BNA) More than 6 tons expired foodstuffs have been burned by health officials of northern Kunduz province the other day.
In-charge of public health in the province says, the expired foodstuffs have been collected by employees of public health department of Kunduz from shops.
Dr. Abdul Mateen Atifi head of public health department in Kunduz told BNA correspondent, the low quality and expired foodstuffs have been burned.
60 cartons cakes and alcoholic beverages were among the burnt foodstuffs, the source added.
Work on collecting low quality and expired foodstuffs continuing throughout the province.