Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health, together with UNICEF and WHO, will today launch the second round of Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) campaign of 2017 in high-risk areas to vaccinate 5.6 million children under age of five against polio, the ministry reported.
According to the report, the campaign will be conducted in all provinces in the Southern and South-eastern regions, most districts in the Eastern region as well as selected high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city. The campaign will run for three days, during which over 36,000 polio workers will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday polio teams will revisit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected, the report added.“Polio causes permanent disability or even death. It is the right of all Afghan children to grow up healthy and we are all responsible to ensure that all children under the age of 5 receive two drops of the polio vaccine during every single vaccination campaign. Only by reaching all children with these life-saving vaccines can we eradicate polio from Afghanistan for good,” said H.E. Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health.
Polio vaccine is safe and it does not have any side effects even for sleeping, sick and newborn children. Polio vaccines have been endorsed by scholars including national and global Ulema. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Two polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand and one from Kandahar. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas in the eastern, southern and south-eastern parts of the country.
Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Methamphetamine is increasingly being seized by law enforcement in Afghanistan, and there is also evidence that it is being produced in the country, according to the first of its kind assessment on synthetic drugs released by the United Nations drug and crime agency.
After spending eight-months gathering information on drugs known locally as ‘glass,’ ‘tears of love or ‘sheesha,’ the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.” “The report comes in a timely fashion, adding another layer of understanding to the very complex Afghan drugs situation,” said UNODC's Director of Public Affairs, Jean-Luc Lemahieu. He praised Afghan contribution to the report, noting that the country has had “impressive” growth in capacity. The Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Assessment includes missions to five provinces in Afghanistan, where interviews were conducted with over 100 key sources, drug users and law enforcement officials at government offices, health service centers and drug treatment providers. “Although data and information remains scarce, reports from law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, forensic experts and drug users in Afghanistan point to a differentiated market for synthetic drug,” the investigators reported.
“Increases in the number of methamphetamine seizures, together with reports of methamphetamine manufacture and increases in treatment registrations in certain parts of the country, suggest that synthetic drugs are of growing concern in Afghanistan,” says the report. Among its findings, the report noted that the largest number of methamphetamine treatment registrations have been reported by treatment centers in Kunduz province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, and Nimroz province, to the south-west of Afghanistan. It also found that the current national drug control law seems to provide a much lower penalty framework for methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Investigators conclude that the issue must be studied more thoroughly by national and international partners.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Widespread of cancer in Afghanistan has turned in to a serious medical, social, and economic problem. Yearly twenty thousand people added into the number of people suffering from the deadliest disease.
BNA medical affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes January 30 marked as counter cancer day across the world aiming to draw the intention of world communities in to one of the deadliest diseases that annually claim the lives of thousands people all over the world. The disease is unexpectedly disseminating in Afghanistan, as the Ministry of Public Health confirms that annually twenty thousand people are adding to number of infected people to cancer in the country, among them 3500 people suffering breast cancer that takes annually the lives of 1700 women. Dissemination of cancer has originated from many reasons such as smoking, using drugs, non–safety of foodstuffs, decreasing physical activities, environmental pollution, prolongation of war have been introduced as the main factors that cause the wide speared of cancer among the suffering people of this country.
Rapidly declining of weight, carnage, and existence of tumor in the body are the main symptoms of cancer. Stomach, throat, lungs, and mouth cancers are the most common cancers in Afghanistan. However, diagnosing and treatment of cancer is not very difficult in many countries, but fighting this fatal disease in Afghanistan has its problems and the treatment of the disease not meet the least expectations of the people. The situation must change; in order, the cancer-suffering people not leave the country for treatment abroad, because they besides suffering a lot problems, they spent millions of dollars abroad that is a severe blow on the country’s economy.
For changing the current situation in to the better, the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant organs should not spare any efforts to control the disease practically through adopting effective and practical programs. Although every year the relevant authorizes during anti–cancer day promise adopting measures and programs in that end, but unfortunately so far they have done much little to meet the expectation of the people. In order to meet the people’s expectations the authorities should establish medical centers for diagnosing and treatment of cancer not only in the capital but also across the country and taking care and treatment of people suffering from cancer should be one of the priorities of Public Health Ministry and other relevant organs.
For understanding the factors that cause the dissemination of cancer and preventing them, besides diagnosing centers of the disease a research center should also be establish and share the results of its research with the people and to prepare effective measures for the capacity building of relevant medical staff and strengthening and supporting medical institutions. Serious attention should pay for the safety of food, and prevention of importing low quality of foodstuff and monitoring the trade of fuels especially oil that cause air pollution. The media should take effective measures for awareness of the people in that regard. Only we can overcome this fatal disease through national mobilization, because as the previous experiences show, crying slogans and holding ceremonies is not sufficient for decreasing the number of people suffering from this deadly disease.
Saturday February 4, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) Over 2000 kg insanitary and unhealthy Pakistani meat have been seized by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
Recently the meat entered from Pakistan to Afghanistan, which discovered and seized by security personnel in Torkham border, Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor said BNA correspondent, a person was arrested accused of transferring the unhealthy and crumbling meat.