Wednesday November 9, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Anti-polio vaccination program after recent wars has started in western Farah province the other day.
Mohammad Nasir Mehri spokesman of Farah governor told BNA, the program officially has started under the chairmanship of Mohammad Yunus Rasooli acting governor of Farah province.
It was supposed that polio vaccination launch last month in this province, but due to Taliban attacks the program didn’t implemented, Mehri added
This round two drops of polio vaccination dropping at the mouth of each child and also warm tablets to be distributed to them as well, Mehri further added.
The program will be continued for five days in all districts and center areas of the province.
27 coordinators, 148 supervisors and 1520 volunteers to be implemented this program.
Monday, November 07, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The construction works of a health clinic have been started in Ghazni yesterday.
Dr. Zeya-Gul chief of public health department of Ghazni said BNA correspondent, its due that the health clinic building will be completed within 6 months in Qala-Jawz capital of Ghazni province.
He added, the clinic building will costs 7m Afghanis from the development budgets of public health ministry that contains 7 rooms with its all requirements.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Over 80 scholars gathered in a conference in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, to express their support for Afghanistan’s polio eradication program.
The Ulama highlighted that the polio vaccine is crucial for children’s health, called on all Afghans to cooperate with health workers during polio vaccination campaigns, and endorsed a national Ulama Declaration on polio issued in February this year.
“It is not only the responsibility of the Government to eradicate polio from Afghanistan but we are all responsible and must cooperate in eradicating this devastating disease and paying attention to the improvement of our children’s health”, said Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Haqani, director of Hajj and Islamic Affairs for Nangarhar Province.
The Islamic scholars committed to spreading messages to their communities, for example during religious sermons on Fridays, about the safety and benefits of the polio vaccine, highlighting that it is the only effective prevention for the disease. The Nangarhar Ulama endorsed the national Ulama Declaration on polio issued at a conference held in Kabul earlier this year with the support of the Al-Azhar University of Egypt, the International Fiqh Academy, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic Development Bank. The Declaration states that “the polio vaccine is allowed according to Islam and is fully in accordance with the rulings of Shariah.” In the Declaration, the Ulama strictly condemn all attacks and aggression toward vaccinators and health workers and highlight the importance of Islamic solidarity for polio eradication, both at the national and international level.
Polio has been eradicated in most countries but it remains endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, with 10 cases being reported in Afghanistan so far in 2016. The support of religious leaders and scholars is crucial in the battle to eradicate polio as they play a key role in spreading information about the importance of vaccination and convincing communities to vaccinate their children to protect them. “The polio vaccine is halal and the only way to protect our children from this crippling disease. Islam emphasizes the importance of good hygiene and prevention of diseases,” said Mawlawi Essanul Haq Hanafi, an Islamic scholar who spoke at the conference. During the one-day conference, local government officials from Nangarhar province and representatives from the Ministry of Public Health highlighted the progress and remaining challenges of the polio program, encouraging the Ulama to continue their support for vaccination campaigns. Earlier this year, influential Ulama and Afghan religious scholars have gathered for similar conferences to endorse polio vaccination in Kunar and Kandahar provinces. Religious leaders around the country continue their support for polio eradication to ensure that every child under the age of 5 is reached during every vaccination campaign.
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.