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Sunday January 29, 2017

Herat City (BNA) Hundreds Kgs expired and low quality foodstuffs have been collected from stores in western Herat province.
Dr. Hedayatullah in-charge of environmental health in public health department of Herat said, the foodstuffs include sweets and beverages that collected from stores within the last one month in Herat city the provincial capital of the province.
The foodstuffs collected by officials, whereas Herat’ people complaining from existence of low quality and expired foodstuffs in stores of the city.

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In the past several years, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to promote the health sector in the country. Hundreds of hospitals and clinics were either repaired or newly constructed in various parts of the country and their administrations were also promoted, but in association with the management and control of the medicines we have not had remarkable achievements; as the illegal supply of illegal and counterfeit medicines by individuals and companies is increasing which indicates the poor management of relevant organs. According to the officials in Ministry of Public Health, currently 40 to 55 percent of medicines are being smuggled, and as a result, poor quality and counterfeit medicines are entering the country. Thus smuggling medicines is assumed to be a major challenge for the Ministry of Public health and the businessmen who import medicines through legal means. There are several institutions monitoring the importation of medicines in the country, but lack of mechanism of coordination and cooperation between the government institutions such as Ministries of Interior, Finance and Health has resulted in smuggling of hundred thousand tons of medicines from neighboring countries.
Another pivotal factor is corruption in relevant administrations. From the moment that poor quality medicines enter Afghanistan till the completion of the control and custom processes and its supply to bazar there are the possibility of corruption everywhere. Dr. Mohammad Bashir Quraishi, head of doctors in Indira Gandhi Child Hospital told that lack of control in borders has caused the smugglers to import low-quality medicines into Afghanistan and we confirm this. He added that our hospital has many problems in regard with high number of visitors, lack of professional doctors, budget and medical equipment. In the past, he asserted that with the World Bank assistance, we accessed high-quality medicines and next year, the ministry of public health have taken this responsibility. At the same time, a number of Kabul residents are complaining on selling poor-quality medicines, adding when they take such medicines, they don’t feel any positive affect in their bodies. Mir Jan, a Kabul citizen said, ‘unfortunately, lack of borders’ control, existence of corruption and lack of standard labs have paved the way for importing low-quality medicines. Thus, the government is responsible to step up in this regard or it will create further crisis.’ 
Karima Malikzada

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Head and members of Kabul-based Ancient Herat Socio-Cultural Council and Mawlavi Ghulam Mohammad Juya, member of religious scholars council of the ministry of hajj and Islamic affairs thank doctors of the Kabul Emergency Hospital for their professional efforts in treatment of Nazar Mohammad Juya, son of Mr. Juya and ask further success for them in their works and services for the country’s citizens.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Kabul (BNA) With a sum of USD 2,000,000 the construction works of 14 health projects have been initiated by Ferozidin Feroz Minister for Public Health during an official visit in Herat province.
According to BNA, establishing of artificial limbs workshop, assistive devices for Herat regional hospital, basic clinic of Oba district, Herat regional blood bank, maternity hospital of regional Herat are included of the projects and two Ambulances donated for Chesht-e-Sharif and Torghundi township.
Also construction works of Herat ambulance substation, Herat-Islam Qala, Herat-Torghundi, Herat-Kandahar substations, Gulran district clinic, second floor of Shahrak Jebrayel of Herat province, 12-bed hospital of Herat and oxygen generator device have been started by minister of public health.

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