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Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health celebrated the World Breastfeeding Week with the motto “Together towards Continued Breast Feeding” at the presence of a number of government officials, representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Food Organization in Afghanistan and other health partners.
The goal was to raise public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and reduction of child mortality. Director of MoPH’s public nutrition department, Homayoun Ludin told that every year, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe aims to support breastfeeding.
Replying a question on Afghan children situation, he said, “Over the last 12 years, there were about 60 percent children facing with malnutrition, but the number had been reduced in 1392.” Calling powder milk as the main problem, he said, unfortunately, some mothers give their children powder milk, a challenge facing the children with malnutrition and many other problems, he went on to say. Likewise, the first milk of the mother, referred to as Colostrum (called “Fella” locally), has a special type of milk that occurs on the very first days after birth in the mother’s breast, which contains large amounts of active immunoglobulin cells, antibodies and other protective proteins which act as the first vaccine or immunization agent and protects the child against a large number of infections, MoPH officials stressed. There are 961 malnutrition treatment centers operational in secure and insecure provinces  of  the  country, Ludin said, adding there are also midwives in 2500 health centers who give health advices to mothers after they give birth.
Those families who are not financially good, can use the foodstuffs the health centers recommend them, he continued. The Ministry of Public Health has hired a nutrition consultant in each health facility to prevent malnutrition by educating mothers about children, infants and mothers’ nutrition. Over the past year, more than two million breastfeeding mothers have been consulted, he went on to say. The MoPH’s message to all mothers is they should continually breastfeed their children when the child gets six month, during which no water should be given to the child. After six months, they should give their children healthy foods, vegetables etc. to have sound children. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday August 1, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a health clinic has started in Farah city and will be completed within the next four months yesterday.
Dr. Abdul Jabar Shayeq head of public health department in Farah said BNA local correspondent, the building of the health clinic to be constructed with a sum of 9,500,000 Afghanis funded from government budget.
The health clinic will be built with standard form and modern equipment provides to settle the healthy problems of Farah’ citizens, Shayeq added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) signed 19 healthcare projects with different domestic and foreign implementing institutions in 18 provinces of the country, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. The project worth 6 billion Afghanis which include the third phase of the (SEHAT) project.
Pointing to access of people to healthcare facilities and increasing number of healthcare centers in the remote areas of the country, Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said beside focusing on basic healthcare services and hospitals, his ministry wanted to increase access to healthcare systems from 60 percent to 80 percent through implementation of the said 19 projects in the country. He also said around 200 healthcare centers to be established in remote areas of the country and 170 other healthcare centers to be upgraded.
“Ministry of Public Health is committed to increase the salary of those staffs in remote areas by 40 percent. Two percent of the budget would be allocated for the provinces of Nangarhar and Nimroz as well as one percent of the budget would be allocated to other provinces of the country from the total amount of each contracts to address health related problems of the Afghan returnees,” Dr. Feroz added as quoted in the statement.
The signed contracts included improving the nutritional status of children and mothers, recruitment of one female advisor on nutrition in each healthcare centers, establishment of durable vaccine centers in clinics, establishing of an environment where people could engage in health related debate, decision makings and monitoring of the healthcare services, installation of information boards in healthcare centers and awareness of people on prevention of diseases.
 

Sunday June 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Six tons expired and low quality foodstuffs have been torched by health officials in southern Zabul province.
In-charge of public health department in Zabul told BNA reporter, the foodstuffs collected by health officials in different parts of Zabul province and set on fire.
Meanwhile, officials of public health department warned to sellers that collected expired and low quality’ foodstuffs from their stores, otherwise they will be punished.
T/M.A.Ansari

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