Wednesday December 4, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Construction work of a clinic for treatment of children suffering from malnutrition started in Sar-Pul province yesterday.
Dr. Noorulhaq Jalis chief of public health Dept. of that province told BNA, the clinic to be built in one story in the compound of provincial hospital at the cost of 700,000 Afghanis funded by World Health Organization.
He added, the building of the clinic has 10 beds, a hall and necessary facilities.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of public health launched yesterday demonstrative football competition between a number of youths suffering HIV/AIDs and drug-addicted in Kabul city.
In the match, while a number of the youths suffering HIV/AIDs and drug addicted were playing football, a number of others were enthusiastically watching the match.
According to Dr. Mohammad Feda Paikan, director of national program for controlling HIV/AIDs of MoPH, the match aimed at attracting the attention of the youths to two negative and bitter phenomena leading the life of human to devastation.
He said from one side, the program has caused awareness of people in particular youths from harms of AIDs and drug addiction and on the other, the suffered individuals would be interested in continuing their life and following better ways for their treatment.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Ante Aids Campaign International Day was marked in Afghanistan, while widespread of this fatal disease has caused serious concern in the country.
BNA commentator showing serious concern about this illness writes, International Aids Day, marked across the world , this deadly disease threatens the world entire community particularly Afghanistan. Unfortunately, so far international community has not succeeded to end and prevent this grave disease. Today this disastrous disease threatens the lives of millions of people around the globe and developing nations are mostly suffering from the disease.
Aids and its virus HIV were unknown in Afghanistan until recent years, because the people strictly followed their positive traditions and religious values. This behavior worked as a preventive measure. So, if there were some cases of the disease, were very limited caused no concern. Unfortunately, today according to figure released by ministry of public health indicates that there are about 1300 HIV infected persons in the country but the relevant international organizations have shown the figure between 2 to 3 thousand people.
The question is that why the disease which was unknown in the country why has changed in to a concerning matter among public health authorities of the country? Answering the question public health officials say, poverty, increasing migrations, the increasing number of addicted people to narcotic drugs, lack of awareness from the disease are the main reasons behind separation of HIV in Afghanistan, which threatens the Afghan society.
According to health officials, most infected people with HIV are men, this is about 85% of patients suffering the disease are male. This is because; mostly addicted people receive the drug through injection using the same needle. According to them also increasing migrations and the rising number of passengers who go abroad and return back in to the country have caused the transmission of the virus. The current situation asks all Afghans especially state authorities to deal with this serious threat sympathetically.
Today, HIV has changed in to a concern of Afghan society, without adopting proper preventive measures it will become more serious and uncontrollable.
One of the effective ways for preventing this notorious disease is closely monitoring the situation where the addicted people to narcotic drugs live. In addition, a number of repatriates can cause the transmission HIV, therefore, with establishment of health centers equipped with medical tools to meet the purpose in border areas and vulnerable places should prevent the entry of HIV in to the country. In addition, awareness of people can play a vital role in prevention and eradication of this fatal disease.
Unfortunately, illegal sexual intercourse is one the reasons of dissimilation of the disease, therefore abiding with Islamic principle can rid the community from Aids.
According to the information obtained, currently there are eight consulting centers in the level of the country which operate in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Harat , Kandahar, Badakhshan and Ghazni provinces . These centers cannot meet the needs of people and the residents of remote and rural areas have no access to them.
Unfortunately, from several billions Afghanis of national budget, only 4 % of that has been allocated for health services while Afghanistan hast to fight severe infectious diseases such as Aids, polio, tuberculosis etc. Such insufficient budget it would impossible to fight and eradicate those fatal diseases mentioned above , so it is required a huge budget to be allocated to fight the diseases that threat the lives of people across the country and addition adopting other proper measures is needed.
Monday December 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The World Day for struggle against AIDS under the slogan of “HIV treatment is effective, more treatment, better and treatment” was celebrated at the Ministry of Public Health.
Dr. Najia Tareq deputy minister of health services provision of the ministry said that the spread of HIV is low among the people in the country, however, the biological survey report of John Hopkins University of 2012 indicate that HIV spread is growing among the addicts taking injections.
She added that last year 117 new cases were detected in Afghanistan while this year the detected cases reaches to 162 showing 38 percent increase in the country.
She stressed that till the end of 1391 a total of 1529 cases existed in Afghanistan while the WHO anticipated that around 5,000 HIV affected people live in Afghanistan.
HIV is a dangerous and fatal disease that spreads via blood of the affected person to others.
She attributed poverty, illiteracy, internal and foreign migrations and use of narcotics as factors of out breaking of HIV AIDS in Afghanistan.
She also informed of the ministry’s programs with the cooperation of other related organizations for prevention of this disease.
Mohammad Sharif Rubati, senior advisor of Haj and Endowment Ministry and the representatives of counter-narcotics and WHO were other speakers at this gathering.