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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai opened the nation-wide autumn polio vaccination campaign by dropping vaccine in the mouth of some children.
The program stated on September 16th in 34 provinces and will continued for three days during which around 8.2 million children under five will receive polio vaccines.
In order implement the program over 56,000 volunteers and health workers will take part and the financial costs of this scheme are anticipated at 3.2 million dollars.
The Ministry of Public Health requested the governors, district governors, mayors, police commanders, Ulama and elders to encourage the families and cooperate with the health team for successful completion of this program.
The ministry also asks the parents of the children cooperate with the health workers who sill visit them at their homes and try to facilitate vaccination of their children including their sick and guest children at their homes.
The ceremony was attended by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi Chairman of the House of People, Dr. Soraya Dalil Minister of Public Health in Kabul as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The anti-polio vaccination campaign begins throughout the country today.
In a meeting with Prof. Nematullah Shahrani the advisor to president and head of commission for giving awareness on children immunity, held yesterday called upon religious leaders and influential figures and chieftains to help administer the anti-polio campaign and ensure the safety of children in the country.
Professor Shahrani said that fatwa by enemies against giving the immunity doze is against Islam calling on people to help ensure the health of children.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan observed the International Suicide Prevention day on Monday.
This is the tenth anniversary day of world suicide prevention. This day is celebrated by national and international NGOs in the world and the purpose is decreasing the number of suicide.
Dr. Najia Tariq deputy minister of Health care services provision for MoPH while calling the suicides as a social problem in Afghanistan said that there is no accurate and confirmed data available about number of deaths from suicide in Afghanistan but the broadcast of some medias and research of NGOs for example Media Afghanistan released in 2008 that the suicide is more in female than male.
This study which is conducted in Kabul, Herat and Wardak Provinces the findings are below.
She added that the attempt of suicide by female is mostly response against all from of violence which affects their personality.
The young ladies between ages 16 to 19 are more likely  to attempt suicide compare to other age group 95% of suicide are attempted by uneducated of less educated female. However, the rest 5% cases most probably causes accidently.
Approximately the 80% of people attempted suicide are married. The common age for single female to attempt suicide is age 14 year.
The common age for suicide totally in female is age 19 year.
“However during one year approximately 34 cases of suicide are registered with TABISH counseling centers and some of them have attempt suicide and some of them have the thought of suicide among those 28 were female and 6 were male clients “Dr. Tariq stated.
The reason which involved in these cases are the compulsory wedding, family violence, rape illegal relation, and the negative competition among families, poverty, scarcity and family responsibilities and mental problems, she concluded.

Sunday, September 09/2012
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with cooperation of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Alnahyan foundation (KBZF), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched for the first time the large–scale food fortification project in Afghanistan.

Based on this new program approximately 15 million Afghans will reach to the nutritionally fortified wheat flour, vegetable oil and ghee.

Speaking at joint press conference on Sunday, Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health informed mediamen about this new project in the country.

Pointing out to the importance of the program, the Minister of Public Health said the aim of this project is to reduce the prevalence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies among the general population and vulnerable groups such as children under five years old and women of reproductive age.
Dr. Dalil also informed on nutritional situation in Afghanistan, adding in
Afghanistan, half of the children under 5 –year old suffer from mineral deficiency and as well as 70% of women suffer from iron deficiency and iodine, so we hope that this program can help our compatriots in this regard.

The project will bring on board the largest vegetable oil producers and wheat flour millers exporting to or producing in Afghanistan while equipment and nutrient bends will be provide to industry along with training in quality assurance, the minister continued.

Meanwhile Mr. Mohammed Al Bastaki, Deputy Director of (KBZF, said, “as the main donor to the project, we are excited to see local ownership across sectors and look forward to achieving the results and milestones we have set”.

Executive Director or GAIN, Marc Van Ameringen also spoke on the issue, saying access to good nutrition is a human right that no individual should be denied.
We are pleased to support this national initiative that will make a real difference in the everyday lives of millions by engaging multiple partners across different sectors.

GAIN is providing financial support and technical expertise to produce fortified food monitor their quality, create, demand and develop technical guidelines for fortification, he said.

Likewise, WFP representative to Afghanistan, Louis Imbeau added “chronic malnutrition, especially among women and children in a terrible burden for the people of Afghanistan, both in terms of health and economic productivity.

Micronutrient fortification is cost-efficient interventions that can really help tackle this problem, WFP representative added.

Ministry of Public Health delivers health services impartially and without any form of discrimination to the needy people of Afghanistan in all corners of the country and requests
all parties to respect this policy and support health care providers to fulfill this noble job.