Sunday, November 06, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) celebrated its 10th anniversary at a ceremony on Thursday (November 3rd), marking a decade of easing a nearly 800,000 patients with quality products across Afghanistan.
FMIC is the first hospital to perform open and closed pediatric heart surgeries in Afghanistan and built a reputation as the country’s foremost children’s hospital. “It’s the spirit of innovation and collaboration – the relentless drive to push the boundaries of what’s possible – that has made FMIC one of the leading hospitals in Afghanistan,” said chief guest Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, as quoted in a press release issued by FMIC press office.
During the ceremony, congratulatory messages of the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the first lady Rula Ghani were read-out by Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive on Women and Youth Affairs and Zohra Yousuf from the office of the first lady.
“FMIC’s 10th anniversary gives the four partners an opportunity to pause and reflect on the significant impact the hospital has had on the country’s healthcare system,” said the Chairman of FMIC’s Provisional Operating Committee Lee Hilling, who recently published a book on FMIC, A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It. “It appears in the way we care for patients, the way we treat illnesses, the community we serve, and the future leaders we train,” he added.
“Since it opened its doors in 2006, FMIC has offered new hope to children by providing treatment previously only available abroad, achieving a number of firsts in the process,” said François Richier, Ambassador of France to Afghanistan. To date more than 2,300 children have undergone cardiac surgery at the hospital, and in 2015 FMIC began to perform adult heart surgery. Last year, FMIC became the first hospital in the country to successfully operate on and separate conjoined twins with an all-Afghan team. According to the press release, over the next few days, there will be several events to showcase FMIC’s role in advancing quality in healthcare systems and medical education. These include a Quality and Patient Safety conference, and the opening of a separate clinic area for adults in specific much needed specialties, a step towards FMIC’s eventual transformation into a tertiary care hospital. La Chaine de L’Espoir Children’s Pavilion, a home for sick children being treated at FMIC and their families, will also be inaugurated.
“The hospital’s impact extends far beyond Kabul. Its e-health system allows hospitals serving Bamyan, Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces to consult with FMIC. So far over 20,000 patients have benefited from these tele-consultations,” the press release added, saying FMIC is committed to serving the country’s poorest through its welfare problem. To date it has provided care worth more than US$ 25 million without charge to patients who could not afford it. The celebratory event was attended by ministers, government representatives, diplomats, members of donor agencies and civil society, heads of Aga Khan Development Network agencies and FMIC staff members.
Saturday October 22, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Health is the most vital asset of life as a healthy person would always be victorious in social life.
The three decades devastating wars have strongly damaged all aspects of our society including health sector, as large number of people were killed, injured, handicapped, blinded, deafened and many thousands others are affected with mental diseases and created long lasting unpleasant problems. We can say that in the region particularly Afghanistan one of the most dangerous fatal diseases that has not treatment but could be prevented, is polio and such patients affected with polio should be taken under continued protection and care and be rescued from this danger for ever and enjoy a healthy life. We request pan countrymen, to conduct vast public awareness giving campaign and rescue their children. Despite of the steps taken in the last fifteen years, still we lack skilled, qualified physicians in the country. We can claim that our hospitals even in the capital city complain on shortage of professional doctors. During visits of some hospitals in the capital city the president heard the patients problems and ordered relevant organs to dismiss procrastinating doctors and employee honest, skilled, qualified experts and thus put an end to existing problems, who would properly treat and cure the countrymen, women and children specially those patients who sacrifice themselves and make devotions in the hot trenches of the homeland’s defense.
Although in the last one and half decade tens public, private hospitals and clinics have been constructed and are being exploited in the capital and province, but no responsible government official has asked their quality. Medicines which are main elements of treatments should be taken under serious qualitatively study and assessment, the health business should be stopped and sincere humanitarian medication must be focused. The government should take drastic steps to rescue the people through appointments of skilled, sympathetic, qualified doctors and capacity building and be able to prevent non-professional doctors and low quality medicine. The rural population are still facing numerous problems and cannot take their patients to hospitals or clinics on due time due to unpaved roads or security reasons. The patients are posed with the threat of death or deterioration due to use of low quality medicine and thus to lead a healthy life. The Afghans ask the government, WHO, medical societies and the intentional community to cooperate our health workers and prevent effects of such unpleasant diseases.
Waqar Ahmad Momand
Tuesday October 18, 2016
Lashkargah City (BNA) Autumn program of anti-polio vaccination has started with dropping two drops of vaccine in the mouth of a child in southern Helmand province.
Hayatullah Hayat governor of Helmand said BNA, in this round 700,000 children under the five ages will be vaccinated for three days in center and districts of the province.
In-charge of public health department of the province said, the program will be implemented by 5000 volunteers around the province.
In addition to implement anti-polio vaccine, anti-worm tablets also distribute for the children, the source added.
Monday October 17, 2016
Charikar City (BNA) About 154,000 children under five year will be vaccinated in northern Parwan province during the next 5 days.
Dr. Abdul Hamid an in-charge of public health department of the province said, the program start today and 19 coordinators, 102 supervisors, 16 monitors and 1080 polio volunteers are being deployed for door to door anti-polio campaign around the province.
It is the second round of anti-polio autumn campaign that to be launched in the province, source added.