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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Suraya Dalil Minister of Public Health was selected as deputy chairperson of the World Health Assembly at the 65th general session of the assembly attended by over 70 WHO member countries. 
Talking to the media after her return from Geneva she said that selection of Afghanistan as deputy chairperson of this assembly further signifies the importance of our country before the world community. 
Dr. Dalil added that alongside this assembly she separately met with some ministers of health of USA, Mediterranean countries including Iran, Iraq and Pakistan and emphasized in these meeting on bilateral cooperation. 
In her meeting with the Pakistani health minister, discussions took place on elimination of the virus of polio that both countries carry on parallel polio campaigns on the border regions so that this virus is prevented. 
She noted that the WHO considers polio a serious threat and emphasizes on elimination of its virus, because serious struggle is not launched for elimination of this virus, it can cause affliction among around 200,000 worldwide. 
It is said at this time that the polio virus had been uprooted in countries like India, China but in recent month polio cases have been registered once again. 
She said that polio cases have been registered in Kandahar, Urozgan and Helmand and we have recognized 13 zones in the south of the country where more such cases were registered and we have undertaken a special program for elimination of its virus in those regions.  
Last year, she emphasized, that we had 80 cases of polio in the country 80% of which have been registered in the south of Afghanistan and this year only 6 cases were registered. 
She attributed insecurity as a challenge in struggle against this virus and asked the in charges of the provinces and the elders and influential to cooperate in realization of polio vaccinations so that their children become safe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bazarak (BNA) A health clinic constructed on 500 square meter in Anaba district was formally inaugurated yesterday. 
Director of Panjshir health department inaugurated the clinic at a cost of 160000 US dollars provided by the ministry for counter-narcotics.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A special Japanese funded hospital that would treat communicable diseases would soon take shape in the capital Kabul, after the foundation stone was laid by officials on Thursday. 
The hospital a costing $28 million, will be constructed on 2.5 acres of land in the Darul Aman area in Kabul’s west and funded by Japan, Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil said at the foundation laying ceremony. 
The 80-bed hospital, 56 beds for tuberculosis (TB) patients, 24 beds for HIV and malaria patients, would reduce communicable diseases, especially TB, in the country, she added. 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 35,000 new cases of TB are registered each year in Afghanistan and 10,500 infect-patients die due to the disease, she said, adding that Afghanistan was ranked 22nd amongst the highly-infected TB countries in the world. 
At the ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Reichiro Takahashi said they have established 70 such health centers in the country. 
Besides the construction of the building, Japan would also provide sophisticated medical equipment to the hospital. 
He also said his country had assisted the ministry in providing health care services for pregnant women, polio and TB patients. 
He asked the Afghan government to accelerate its efforts in providing security for Japanese professionals working in the healthcare and other sectors in the country.

Wednesday 16 May ,

GENEVA: One in three adults suffers from high blood pressure, a key cause of strokes and heart disease, according to World Health Organisation figures released on Wednesday.

Canada and the United States have the fewest patients, at less than 20 percent of adults, but in poorer countries like Niger the estimated figure is closer to 50 percent, the UN body said.

While wealthier countries have seen their cases drop thanks to effective, low-cost treatment, in Africa many remain people undiagnosed and are not getting help, according to the WHO.

Its World Health Statistics report includes figures on raised blood pressure, and also on blood glucose levels, for the first time this year.

One in 10 people are estimated to have diabetes, rising to up to one third in Pacific Island countries.

"This report is further evidence of the dramatic increase in the conditions that trigger heart disease and other chronic illnesses, particularly in low and middle-income countries," said WHO director general Margaret Chan.

"In some African countries, as much as half the adult population has high blood pressure."

In Niger 50.3 percent of men suffer from the condition, with Malawi and Mozambique not far behind at 44.5 and 46.3 percent respectively.

The report also said obesity levels doubled across the world between 1980 and 2008 and half a billion people or 12 percent of the world's populations are now considered obese.

The Americas have the highest instance, at 26 percent of adults, and south-east Asia the lowest obesity levels at three percent.

The WHO said deaths in children aged under five years dropped from almost 10 million in 2000 to 7.6 million a decade later, with the decline in deaths from measles and diarrhoea-related disease "particularly striking."

The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, will meet in Geneva from May 21-26 where members will discuss new targets on cutting the cases of heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer