Tuesday May 24, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) celebrated International Nurses Day 2016 with the theme “Nurses: A Forces for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience,” a statement from the USAID press office reported. This day marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and is celebrated around the world, according to the statement. The ceremony was attended by nearly 350 participants from the Ministry of Public Health; the Ministry of Women’s Affairs; the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and the Disabled; Kabul Medical University School of Nursing, French Medical Institute for Children; Aga Khan University Programs-Afghanistan; Ghazanfar Institute of Health Sciences; community health nurses from various provinces; professional associations; donors; international and local NGOs; UN agencies, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) HEMAYAT project. Nurses are important first-line health workers providing comprehensive care to the Afghan population, especially those in remote and rural areas. They provide care to individuals, families, and communities at all levels of the Health system.
H.E. Dr. Najia Tariq, Deputy Minister of Public Health, officially opened the ceremony by emphasizing that improving nursing education and care is a priority for the Ministry of Public Health in its efforts to increase the accessibility of high quality, affordable, gender- and culturally-sensitive nursing care. Robin Martz, USAID’s Child Survival and Reproductive Health Team Lead, said: “USAID is committed to improving nursing services in Afghanistan. Nurses are the backbone of Afghanistan’s health care system and play a critical role in ensuring the resiliency of Afghanistan’s healthcare system.” The USAID HEMAYAT project improves the quality of the community health nursing education pre-service program, strengthens the Afghanistan Nurses’ Association, and has helped establish the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nurses Council as the midwife and nursing regulatory body.
Monday May 23, 2016
Taliqan City (BNA) implementations of two drops of anti-polio vaccines at the mouth of more than 380,000 children under five started in northern Takhar province for three days.
Hafizullah Safi head of public health of Takhar said BNA journalist, in the program for each child two drops of anti-polio vaccines implementing and the tablets of Alizaviel “anti-worm” distributing for them as well.
The program will be implemented by 36 coordinators, 85 supervisors and 2200 volunteers in centre and all districts of the province.
Governor of Takhar warned to residents of the province that the program equally will implement and no child would be deprived from anti-polio vaccine throughout the province.
Saturday May 21, 2016
Jalalabad City (BNA) Health centers will be constructed at a cost of 16 million USD funded by Ministry of Public Health in center and various districts of eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani in-charge of press office of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the health centers will be built in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province and districts of Bati Koot, Ghanikhail, Koot, Acheen, Naziyan and Dor Baba Dehbala of the province.
Salim Khan Kunduzi Nangarhar governor says, the budget dedicated by ministry of public health and the construction works of the health centers will be started as soon as possible in different parts of the province.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health, along with its partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), has today launched a national effort to vaccinate every child in Afghanistan under the age of 5 against the deadly polio disease. The campaign will run throughout Afghanistan for the next four days until 20 May. This campaign aims to vaccinate about 9.5million children, including nomad children.
Polio is a crippling disease that is incurable but preventable through regular vaccination. Polio disease can even kill infected children. Every child under the age of in Afghanistan should be vaccinated during each round. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the ONLY remaining polio-endemic countries in the world. During this polio immunization round all children from 2- 5 years will also receive de-worming tablets. These deworming tablets prevent worm infections that cause anaemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development in children, and improve children’s overall health, education and development. So far this year there have been four polio cases in Afghanistan. This places all children at risk of polio infection. Therefore it is important for parents to know that every child under the age of five should be vaccinated during each round and that the polio vaccine is safe and the only effective prevention for polio. The vaccine is also safe for new-born, sleeping, and sick children. The vaccine has no side effects. The four-day vaccination campaign will occur throughout the country and will be carried out by about 67,500 trained health workers. These vaccinators and other frontline health workers are trusted members of the community chosen because they care about Afghan children. The urgency for eradicating polio was recently highlighted by Afghanistan’s leading Mullahs at a conference in Kabul in February. At this conference, about 70 Mullahs from all provinces issued a joint declaration calling it a duty of all Afghan parents to vaccinate their under-5 children against polio. Eradication of polio in Afghanistan is possible within the next year if every child is reached during every vaccination campaign. Parents who miss having their children vaccinated over the next four days are urged to visit local health centers where their children can be vaccinated against polio.