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Thursday August 2, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Breastfeeding; best way to provide infants with nutrients they need World Breastfeeding Week is marked every year from 1st to 7th August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies throughout the world.
World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 125 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.
This year, WHO is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of helping mothers breastfeed their babies within that crucial first hour of life. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the production of breast-milk, including colostrum, also called the baby’s ‘first vaccine’, which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies. It is very necessary to the mothers to get timely support and healthcare education to their baby including breast feeding. The continuous support and intimation can bring the gradual and permanent changes in the social living and ultimately healthy and disease free social living. Breastfeeding has lots of benefits to both newborn baby and mother. The following are some benefits of breastfeeding:
– Breast milk contains everything your baby needs for the first six months of life, with the possible exception of vitamin D. The first milk is thick, rich in protein and loaded with beneficial compounds.
– Breast milk is loaded with antibodies, especially immune-globin A, which can help prevent or fight illness in your baby.
– Breastfeeding may reduce your baby’s risk of infections and many diseases, including allergy, celiac disease and diabetes.
– Breastfeeding may affect your baby’s brain development and reduce the risk of future behavior and learning problems.
– Breastfeeding may make weight loss harder for the first 3 months after delivery. However, it may actually help with weight loss after the first 3 months.
– Breastfeeding increases oxytocin production, a hormone that causes contractions in the uterus. It reduces blood loss after delivery and helps the uterus return to its previous smaller size.
– Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop postpartum depression.
They have increased amounts of oxytocin in their system, which encourages caregiving, relaxation and bonding between mother and child.
– Breastfeeding for more than one year is linked to a 28% lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of several other diseases.
Lailuma Noori

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Charikar (BNA) The construction work of a health center started in Sofyan region, Parwan province yesterday.
A function was held for this purpose, Dr. Abdul Khalil Musadiq head of Parwan public health said, the building of the center will be constructed from budget of Parwan at the cost of 11 million Afghanis.
He added, in Parwan, there are 75 health centers, 20% of which are under repair.
Fazluddin Ayar governor of Parwan appreciated the locals who donated their land free to build the health center.
T. Yarzada

Monday, July 30, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Public Health Firozuddin Firoz and representative of Afghanistan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) on Sunday signed an agreement to connect 15 provincial hospitals with Kabul hospitals and some local hospitals with regional ones in order to provide advanced health care service to the people, a statement from the MoPH said yesterday.
Addressing the signing ceremony at the Government Media Center in Kabul, Minister Firoz said the MoU was aimed at using advanced technology and providing healthcare service to the Afghans both inside the country and abroad and as well to connect the provinces and districts with the center.
He said the move would help patients receive standard treatment and doctors would be able to enhance their knowledge and as well provincial doctors would get experience through consultations with Kabul doctors, the statement quoted the minister as saying.
He said the project would cost $3 million provided by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.  According to the statement, in the first phase, the civil hospitals of Paktika and Samangan provinces would be connected with the Jamhoriat hospital in capital Kabul through the Optic Fiber network and after that the rest 13 hospitals would also be connected.
He also informed that some hospitals would be connected with world’s advanced hospitals, but provided no further information in this regard.
Meanwhile, Minister Firoz said the countrymen spent $300 million a year on their treatment abroad.  Najib Azizi, the Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Board head, said: “By signing this agreement our only aim is to how we can bring about positive change in people’s lives.”  He said ATRA would pay for the project as well oversee it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A Total of 57 drug-related cases were exposed in Afghanistan within the past one month, authorities said on Tuesday.
“The Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) together with detective Afghan security organization have cracked 57 drug cases, involving 77 people, including one woman and a foreign national, during the Solar Month of Saratan (June 22 to July 22) elsewhere in the country,” Counter Narcotics Justice Center (CNJC) said in a statement.
The cases were handed over to the Central Narcotics Tribunal (CNT), a special Afghan court for jurisdiction of major drug cases, the statement noted.
Among the drugs and materials found from the suspects were 133 kg heroin, 378 kg opium, 305 kg hashish and 25 kg crystal methamphetamine, the statement added.
The materials confiscating from the suspects were eight different type vehicles, 58 mobile phones and currencies totaling about 5,750 U.S. dollars.
In addition, the primary and appellant courts of CNT have sentenced 62 suspects from one year and one month up to 16 years imprisonment over the period, the statement said.

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