Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health along with its partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a campaign today to vaccinate every child under the age of 5 against polio in all districts in the Southern, Eastern, Southeastern Regions and 28 districts in the Northern, Northeastern and Western Regions. The campaign will reach around 5.2 million children living in low-performing districts and will run until 22 April.
Polio is a crippling disease that is incurable and can only be prevented through vaccination. Every child under the age of five in Afghanistan should be vaccinated during each round. Only two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – are still considered polio-endemic countries.
“Wherever children are not immunized, children’s lives are at risk all over Afghanistan. We urge all parents and caregivers to vaccinate their children against polio since the polio vaccine is the only way to protect children from permanent paralysis and even death,” said H.E. Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz.
The polio vaccine is safe and the only effective prevention for polio disease. Polio vaccines are halal and have been specifically endorsed by leaders of the Islamic community. It is important to note that the polio vaccine is safe for newborn, sleeping and sick children. The vaccine has no side effects and it will not interact with other illnesses.
The campaign, which runs for four days with an additional day on Friday for vaccinators to revisit “missed” children, will be carried out by around 25,000 trained vaccinators. These vaccinators and other frontline health workers are trusted members of the community and they have been chosen because they care about children.
Eradication of polio in Afghanistan is possible within the next year if each 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 centres where their children can be vaccinated against polio.
Saturday April 16, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The authorities of the MoPH and MoE said that vacancies have been announced and employment process is going on. Due to thousands of vacancies, the MoPH Ferozuddin Feroz and MoE Assadullah Hanif Balkhi were summoned to the house of people.
According to the IAARCS, about 13000 and 2096 vacancies exist in the two abovementioned ministries respectively. Lawmakers said that under current situation that thousands unemployed youth are leaving the country, these vacancies are disturbing. MoE Assadullah Hanif Balkhi said, “Out of the approved organization and vacancies of 1394 of the 263961 position MoE, only 12766 vacancies are not filed. 6 months ago, the president ordered refilling of these positions. The vacancies have been announced and in some provinces competitive examinations have also been taken and so far 1904 vacancies have been filled. Majority of vacancies are in volatile districts in which no one is ready to be employed even with additional salaries, while there are no vacancies in the center of provincial capitals or urban areas. The MoE plans to transfer 50 vacancies from each insecure district to provincial capitals due to urgent need. He added, 725 schools are closed in volatile areas with 1500 vacant positions. We are corruption: Two years ago president Ghani had said that until imagining schools are not identified and corruption is not eradicated, no more vacant position will be given to MoE.
MoPH Ferozuddin Feroz said, “There were 2099 vacant positions in that ministry and 1500 people were employed through administrative reforms and this process is going on. The main problem exists on 311-320 vacant position in insecure provinces and remote areas and no one is ready to be employed there. Second deputy speaker of the house Nematullah Ghafari who had chaired the house session said, “It is proper to give two months moratorium to these two ministries to fill these vacant positions and after expiry of this time we would question them again.” Ghafair added, “All other ministries have also been instructed to announce their vacant positions and employee eligible applicants. Corruption is a serious problem in employment process which has always been criticized by people and lawmakers. Experts said that the MoLSA has time and again talked on vacant positions in different ministries and announced this number to media but this is the first time that the house of representatives has summand these two senior authorities for questioning due to vacant positions. Haroon Mir an expert said, “If the NUG intends to follow these issue closely, no vacant position will remain in the ministries, because at present thousands educated youth are unemployed and wandering. The NUG should employ qualified, deserving educated people transparently and refuse employment, of their relatives and nepotisms. If the government doesn’t prevent unemployment we will be witnessing additional migrations of educated youth to European countries. Mustafa on unemployed educated youth said, “If the government paves the way for employment of educated people and opportunity to us, well never migrate abroad. In previous weeks the MoLSA announced over 5, 0000 vacant positions in government departments but it was the first time that two ministers were summand to the house for questioning.
Wednesday April 13, 2016
KABUL (BNA) Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health has said that some six million of tobacco users are passing away, while half a million are critically affected by the wicked substance and its derivatives, Bakhar News Agency said the other day.
The ministry said it had set a committee to work out under the chapter 3 of the tobacco control law to protect the life of the society members, said the ministry as quoted by the agency. The ministry expressed over what is said an increase in the number of tobacco users spread out among the youths and elderly and advised that addressing the problems should firstly be sought within the households. The Ministry of Hajj and Endowment, the ministry said had also the responsibility to prevent the use of tobacco among the youths through a public awareness, said the ministry.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Diabetes a chronic disease is widely spreading. If proper measures have not be taken for its prevention, this deadly disease will seriously harm the Afghan community.
BNA medical affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes diabetes one of the growing is not only in Afghanistan but also across the world. Evaluations and researches carried out by credible international organizations have revealed that diabetes would be the seventh reason of mortality in globe within the next fifteen years. 8.5% of population of Afghanistan or about 3 million people are addicted to diabetes. Therefore, if for treating and prevention of this fatal disease effective and necessary measure not adopted, it can change in to a serious medical problem in Afghan society.
The failure of kidneys, sexual disability, heart attacks, and blindness are the grave diseases that caused by diabetes. Unsafe food, not working and physical activities, smoking, and air pollution provide the ground for addiction to diabetes.
In spite of all facts mentioned above, diabetes cases are preventable. Recognizing the causes and diagnosing the disease, can prevent, treat, and manage it. Also, regular physical activities, health food using a proper diet, non using tobacco and other narcotics and lowering the weight can be effective measures for prevention of diabetes. Beside prevention, strengthening medical system can decrease the outbreak speed of diabetes.
In addition of above measures, it is suggested, the educational organs include medical education in their curriculum and inform the pupils from the dangers and harms all chronic diseases among them diabetes. In this way, prevent the community against fatal diseases such as diabetes.
It is required, the Ministry of Public Health and its relevant organs expanding clinical activities and establishing medical centers in remote parts of the country
Inform and help the rural areas residents in recognizing, preventing, and treating chronic and epidemic diseases. Likewise, there are criticisms regarding to the performances of some medical labs. The criticisms ask the authorities of the Ministry of Public Health further increase their efforts in capacity building and raising the skills and knowledge of the medical staffs and make them more responsive.
The people hope, celebrating international days among them World Health Day should not be just ceremonial but marking such days make our duties outstanding and resolute us for performing better services.