17 July 2018

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Sunday August 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A Chinese Red Cross foreign aid medical team has carried out screening for the children with congenial heart disease (CHD) in Afghan capital of Kabul to register eligible kids for providing them with medical treatment. It was the latest in China's aid to the war-torn country.
The team marked the launch of a practical start of "Angels Tour -- Belt and Road Humanitarian Rescue Afghanistan Action for Children with Severe Diseases" in an Afghan private hospital, Kabul Royal Hospital, Sun Shuopeng, head of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) project, told Xinhua Saturday morning. Under the initiative, the Chinese Red Cross will take CHD children who are screened in accordance with surgical indications in batches to China to receive free surgical treatment.
"We've already organized 50 children suffering congenital heart disease (CHD) to do the check and in cooperation with Chinese medical institutions, Chinese experts, the Afghan Red Crescent Society and the Chinese embassy to send some of them to China for treatment first," said Sun. The program is expected to provide free medical treatment for around 100 children suffering from CHD at the first phase in Afghanistan, Sun said. The figure provided by the Afghan Red Crescent Society indicates that nearly 7,000 Afghan children with congenital heart disease are waiting for treatment with urgent humanitarian needs.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) First autumn anti-polio vaccination campaign has begun in central Logar province yesterday.
The program has started in presence of Logar governor and some officials by dropping two drops of vaccine in the mouth of a child in this province.
Mohammad Halim Fedayee governor of Logar told BNA reporter, in this round 240,000 under five year old children to be vaccinated in central and six districts of the province.
The program to be implemented by 690 volunteers and also over 1000 children will be received Vitamin-E capsules.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) First round of autumn anti-polio vaccination campaign has started in western Herat province today.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi governor of Herat ask all officials and local people of Herat to cooperate with health workers for implementing the program successfully.
It is supposed that in this round about 630,000 under-five year old children to be vaccinated and over 570 children will be received Vitamin-E capsules.

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health celebrated the World Breastfeeding Week with the motto “Together towards Continued Breast Feeding” at the presence of a number of government officials, representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Food Organization in Afghanistan and other health partners.
The goal was to raise public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and reduction of child mortality. Director of MoPH’s public nutrition department, Homayoun Ludin told that every year, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe aims to support breastfeeding.
Replying a question on Afghan children situation, he said, “Over the last 12 years, there were about 60 percent children facing with malnutrition, but the number had been reduced in 1392.” Calling powder milk as the main problem, he said, unfortunately, some mothers give their children powder milk, a challenge facing the children with malnutrition and many other problems, he went on to say. Likewise, the first milk of the mother, referred to as Colostrum (called “Fella” locally), has a special type of milk that occurs on the very first days after birth in the mother’s breast, which contains large amounts of active immunoglobulin cells, antibodies and other protective proteins which act as the first vaccine or immunization agent and protects the child against a large number of infections, MoPH officials stressed. There are 961 malnutrition treatment centers operational in secure and insecure provinces  of  the  country, Ludin said, adding there are also midwives in 2500 health centers who give health advices to mothers after they give birth.
Those families who are not financially good, can use the foodstuffs the health centers recommend them, he continued. The Ministry of Public Health has hired a nutrition consultant in each health facility to prevent malnutrition by educating mothers about children, infants and mothers’ nutrition. Over the past year, more than two million breastfeeding mothers have been consulted, he went on to say. The MoPH’s message to all mothers is they should continually breastfeed their children when the child gets six month, during which no water should be given to the child. After six months, they should give their children healthy foods, vegetables etc. to have sound children. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Shukria Kohistani

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