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Sunday April 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh in a ceremony held on the occasion of opening Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in west of Kabul said balanced development has not been considered to the country’s citizens in delivering general services. “Today health for all, justice for all and education for all are the motto of all of us, but in action, we’re facing with serious obstacles to implement such mottos,” Danesh said, stressing on balanced development in health sector as ministry of public health is provided with considerable national budget. He said that most of people even in areas like west of Kabul were deprived of proper health services as the people preferred to visit private hospitals for treatment, but their health services’ quality was also very low.
“Kabul’s west is unfortunately deprived of most of proper city services and has been sidelined,” Danesh said, adding that central institutions including municipality, education and water supply companies have failed to act upon their commitments, which caused distance the people and government. It is worth mentioning that Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital has been constructed at a cost of $24 million funded by Pakistan in Kabul’s west and was officially inaugurated in a ceremony attended by Afghanistan second vice President Sarwar Danesh, minister of public health, Pakistani minister of state for parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Khan, Pakistani ambassador to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan, a number of lawmakers and elders. In the ceremony, Danesh on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan praised the government and people of Pakistan.
Pointing to Pakistan’s part in key infrastructural projects in Afghanistan, Danesh said Afghanistan government hoped Pakistan government would also play constructive role in maintaining security and peace in Afghanistan and the region. In the ceremony, Pakistani minister of state for parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Khan also spoke and considered completion of Jinnah Hospital as an effective step towards sympathy between the people of the two countries. He recalled of completion of other hospitals in Logar and Jalalabad by Pakistan, stressing that Pakistan was making effort to help Afghanistan in security, stability and lasting peace.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Kabul (BNA) World Health Day celebrated in Kabul with slogan of health for all yesterday.
BNA medical affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes, yesterday April 7 was Health Day celebrated across the word with slogan of health for all.
The day is of great importance for Afghanistan and its people. Afghanistan as least developing country is facing problems in various fields among them presenting medical services.  
Eighteen year ago, Afghanistan among the countries of the world had a bad situation in offering medical services and the mortality rate among women and children was very high, but during the period inspire of insecurities and other problem has succeeded in insuring high quality medical services.
Afghan government with supporting of it international colleagues has succeeded to extend medical services from the cities in to villages and remote areas and provide and facilitate the ground for easily access of people to doctors, clinics, medicine and hospitals. Today, general access of people to medical services constitutes the main part of Health Ministry programs and procedures and Afghanistan in offering medical services to its citizens especially for the residents of rural areas has achieved great successes. As the official sources say 44% mortality rate among children and19% among mothers have reduced.  At the same time the health ministry has succeeded with close cooperation of private sector to establish hospitals and clinics that are operating according to international standards and criteria.
Unfortunately, despite of all successes in medical sector, still there are serious problems on the way of offering medical services to the people and still low- quality medicines importing in the country.
Lack of proper recognition of diseases and slandered curing the patients are the main reasons that our people leave the country to other countries particularly to neighboring countries for treatment that cost a lot of money.
Although the government supported privatization of health sector for public tranquility, but unfortunately, medication now has changed in to business. Due to high increase of population, the medical facilities provided by relevant organs of the country cannot meet the present requirements of people. Afghanistan is among three countries where still Polio exists.
Security is still a discussable issue, three days ago, terrorists, exploding an explosive material at workplace of medical doctor killed him. Taliban exploded a medical clinic in Paktia and prevented polio vaccination in Helmand province and several doctors were kidnapped in Kabul. All these indicate that besides remarkable developments and progress there are still serious barriers on the way offering medical services. For removing the barriers, a public movement is needed to be supported by public health ministry.
The people hope, ministry of public health to introduce health insurance that can guaranty the health of the citizens. By ratifying the bill of medical insurance, medical services in the country will be carried out according international standards.  

Monday, April 08, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghan Ministry of Public Health, the other day, commemorated the International Health Day (WHD) that falls on April 7 annually.
The main theme of the event which was held at the Malalay High School, was “health for all by all” the main aim of which, Afghanistan Minister of Public Health Firuzddin Firuz said was a universal health coverage.
“Any part of the society need health services and we have to cover them in the remotest areas of the country; regardless of the tribe, language and religion,” said Firuz at the meeting organized at the Malalay High School.
With the efforts of the Ministry of Public Health, 85 percent of the country’s population by walking only one hour, while 15 percent by walking two hours away, has access to health service centers, according to the minister.
The minister described rising awareness of the people about the culture of using hygienic foods and improving nutritional status among students, especially children, as another tip of the event.
He called the comprehensive cooperation from all sectors, particularly ministries of education and information and culture as well as the mass media and civil society very effective in this regard.
Minister of Education, Mirwais Balkhi also spoke on the occasion and said that his ministry in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health has on hand a health program expected to be launched within the country’s school curriculum in the near future.
Mortality rate among children has dropped by 44 percent, while mother death has fallen by 19 percent, after the ministry extended an extensive health services all over the country.
Three decades of war have laid devastating impacts on the health sector in Afghanistan. In 2002, only 9 percent of people had access to health services but the health centers accessibility has increased to 60 percent and 90 percent respectively by one hour and two hour walk by 2016, according to official statistics.
Only 5 U.S. dollars has been allocated for one Afghan to access health services each year, the lowest sum compared to other countries.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Herat (BNA) Polio spring round campaign opened in Herat province yesterday.
Dr. Mohammad Asef Kabir deputy of public health office of Herat said, in this round all districts of Herat province will be covered, that more than 640,000 children will benefit from polio vaccination.
He said, the deference in this round of polio is that, in addition to two polio drops, Vitamin A drops are also given to strengthen the child’s immune system.
Monesa Hasanzada Herat deputy speaker called on all citizen to cooperate with police with the fields of polio vaccination in that province.
T. Yarzada

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