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Thursday March 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a big health clinic has started in northern Panjshir province yesterday.
Mir Aqa Esmati head of public health department of Panjshir said BNA reporter, the health clinic to be built on 1400 square meters of land based on high and standard quality by India with a cost of USD 200,000 in Karman village, Dara district of the province.
Deputy Governor, tribal elders and provincial authorities of Panjshir were presented in the ceremony. 

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Kunduz City (BNA) More than 6 tons expired foodstuffs have been burned by health officials of northern Kunduz province the other day.
In-charge of public health in the province says, the expired foodstuffs have been collected by employees of public health department of Kunduz from shops.
Dr. Abdul Mateen Atifi head of public health department in Kunduz told BNA correspondent, the low quality and expired foodstuffs have been burned.
60 cartons cakes and alcoholic beverages were among the burnt foodstuffs, the source added.
Work on collecting low quality and expired foodstuffs continuing throughout the province.

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.
Monitoring Desk

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