23 February 2019

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The European Union (EU) has contributed 25 million Euros in support of Afghan children on the move and ending polio, according to a statement on Sunday.
The four-year grant would enable UNICEF and partners to better reintegrate children on the move, and to provide them with a protective environment, a statement from the EU said on Sunday.  It would also support UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Afghanistan in their endeavor to eradicate polio.
“This Euros 25 million grant for both children on the move and polio eradication illustrates the European people’s support and dedication to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan” said Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon, Head of European Union Delegation to Afghanistan.
The grant launched today would provide opportunities to protect Afghan children on their migratory journey increase their resilience by strengthening their capping mechanisms, including the provision of psychosocial support and would facilitate their reintegration into their communities.
It would also contribute to the eradication of polio in Afghanistan, which is one of the three polio-endemic countries in the world together with Pakistan and Nigreria.
“We are extremely grateful to the European Union and its people for their commitment sand support to children in Afghanistan,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative.  “This significant EU support will help bring hope and stability to the children and people of Afghanistan and will expedite polio eradication.”
In Afghanistan, the complexity of the situation with increased violence, poverty and natural disasters, pushes children to migrate to Iran and other countries, and exposes them to abuse, neglect and exploitation during their migration journey.  The unique feature of this grant is that it is an integrated two-country response that includes Iran and Afghanistan.  It will strengthen cross-border information sharing, programme planning and response to safeguard the best interests of children.
The grant will also contribute to the eradication of polio, where prioritization of children on the move between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a key strategy.  Experience from other endemic countries shows the critical role of mobile populations in spreading polio transmission a delaying its eradication.
“Afghanistan has made significant progress towards polio eradication, where transmission is limited to specific geographical areas.  However, access, population on the move and insecurity continue to pose a challenge,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, Afghanistan WHO Representative.  “This grant present an excellent opportunity to stop polio transmission as it protects past investments and gains made, and most importantly, it ensures that children are protected from polio forever.”

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) This Monday, polio vaccination teams will visit 6.4 million children under the age of five in 27 high-risk provinces, mainly in Kandahar and Nangarhar, BNA reported.
This follows several new cases in both regions. Last week, a 14-month-old boy from Loyawala was confirmed to have polio and will be permanently paralyzed. This is the 14th case in Afghanistan, and the 9th case in the southern region.
In Afghanistan, the efforts for polio eradication have been intensified more than ever. The Ministry of Public Health and its health partners are committed to ending this disease. But what we need is the solid commitment and necessary cooperation of the community. If the community do not cooperate with us, we will not be able to reach every child with lifesaving polio vaccine. Whenever a child misses the vaccine, they can be impacted by polio. I request all parents, community leaders, Mullah Imam of the mosques and tribal elders to cooperate with vaccinators to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected against this permanent paralyzing disease. I would also like to remind everyone that the vaccine is safe,” said the Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz.
The vaccination campaign will take place from 24 - 28 September 2018.  Parents should ensure their children are home and available to be vaccinated.  All children under five should receive the polio vaccine, including newborns, sleeping, sick, and visiting children.  Children who miss the vaccination should visit their local health center as soon as possible, where the vaccine is available free of charge. The polio vaccine is safe, even for sick and newborn children. It is very important these children get the vaccine, because they have lower immunity which makes them more susceptible to the virus. Repeated vaccination is very important for children because it builds their immunity to the virus.
“Vaccinating your child against polio is the responsibility and obligation of every Muslim. The prominent Islamic Scholars and Reliable Islamic References from Afghanistan and globally have issued Fatwas on the importance of vaccination against polio.  If parents do not vaccinate their children as a result of negligence and undue propaganda, they are actually committing a great sin and injustice against their innocent children,” said Mawlawi Samiullah Raihan.
Polio is a crippling and a potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure and the polio vaccine is the only safe and effective way to protect children. All children should be vaccinated against polio during each campaign, until they reach the age of five. House-to-house vaccination is the only way to achieve polio eradication because it means every child has access to vaccination. This strategy has been implemented in all countries that have managed to eradicate the virus.
Currently, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world. 

Sunday September 23, 2018

Charikar City (BNA) The construction work of a health center has been started in central Parwan province.
According to BNA report, Abdul Khalil Musadeq during foundation ceremony of the building said, the building to be built on one acres of land with a sum of over 6.4 million Afs funded by India in Tupdara village, Charikar city the provincial capital of the province.
By construction of the project health services would be provided to local residents of the region, Musadiq added.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sheberghan (BNA) Private 20 bed medical hospital was inaugurated and put into exploitation by governor of Jawzjan in Sheberghan city.
Lotfullah Azizi governor of Jawzjan told BNA, the start of the hospital for the needy in Sheberghan city is a positive and effective step, and he called for the availability of such health care institutions for better health care delivery to patients.
Dr. Kaz-
]em Sediqi head of Shokran hospital said, the hospital has 20 bed and operates in general pediatric and dental sections.
The hospital consists of 30 people, including doctors and service staffs.
T. Yarzada

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