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Monday, January 07, 2019

Kabul (BNA) During an extraordinary meeting held on Sunday and attended by World Health Organization (WHO) high ranking delegation and a number of the relevant ministries, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah stressed on implementation of polio vaccination drive in turbulent areas, BNA reported.
Appreciating WHO humanitarian assistances, CE Abdullah asked for further cooperation in this respect.
He added non-contagious diseases are being increased and a solution should be sought for that.
Minister of public health Feruzuddin Fefuz reported that uprooting polio is our priority, adding polio results have been in contrary with our expectation and it shows increase in compare with last year, the agency added.
He also reported that his ministry has signed a health package with WHO and they need financial support to execute that.
WHO chairman vowed to cooperate with Afghanistan in implementation of the health package and would continue its financial assistance.
CE Abdullah also instructed the ministries of rural rehabilitation and agriculture to include polio vaccination campaign within their national programs.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Kabul (BNA) World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz at the Ministry of Public Health on the first day of his two-day visit to Afghanistan, commending the progress made in public health services in the challenging context, and calling for the country and partners to continue efforts to increase resources to build up a health system for all Afghans and fas-track polio eradication.
During his first official visit to the country as WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros, accompanied by WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean )EMRD) Dr. Ahmad Al-Mandhari, will be meeting with senior government officials including HE President Dr. Ashraf Ghani and HE Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Council of Ministers.
He will see firsthand WHO supported programs and witness some of the pressing health issues the Afghan people face every day.
Dr. Tedros launched the “Integrated Package of Essential Health Services 2019” with Dr. Feroz at the meeting on 5 January.  The newly developed package merges and updates the Basic Package of Health Services and the Essential Package of Hospital Services, and for the first time includes interventions for emergency trauma care and the prevention and provision of basic care for the most common chronic diseases.
Dr. Feroz appreciated the continuing support from WHO and the international community, saying: “financing and implementation of this package will be a major step in addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and trauma.  It is therefore essential that this package is sufficiently funded.  We call for continued support of WHO and other international partners for technical and financial assistance.
Dr. Feroz also reemphasized the commitment for eradicating polio in Afghanistan, “Today, 90% districts of the country remain polio free.  We had setbacks in the South and the East, but we are addressing those challenges by developing alternate strategies and implementing the new National Emergency Action Plan in 2019.”  Speaking with the Minister, Dr. Tedros appreciated the extraordinary efforts the government of Afghanistan made in eradicating polio, saying that “Despite intense efforts, the current situation is not where we want it to be.  We recognize the unique challenges in polio eradication, and appreciate the initiatives and efforts of the government of Afghanistan in addressing the remaining challenges, “Dr. Tedros said.  “At the same time as we work intensively to finish the job of polio eradication, WHO is committed to working with the government of Afghanistan to strengthen its health system on the road towards universal health coverage.”
Dr. Ahmad Al-Mandhari commended Afghanistan on the progress it has made in providing public health services over the past 15 years. “Due to a sustained focus on primary health care and smart investments in essential health packages, key health indicators have substantially improved.  However, some indicators remain worrisome,” WHO’s Regional Director said.
“It is good to note that the updated Integrated Package of Essential Health Services, being launched today, has an expanded scope and includes areas like no communicable diseases and trauma care.  WHO is fully committed to assisting the Government of Afghanistan in its implementation?”  Dr. Tedros and Dr. Ahmad Al-Mandhari plan to visit hospitals in Kabul later today to meet and interact with frontline medical workers and patients.  They will witness first-hand the humanitarian health needs in Afghanistan and the assistance needed to develop the capacities of the local health system.

Sunday January 6, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting yesterday at Gul Khana Palace with participation of representatives of World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, minister of public health Ferozuddin Feroz and advisor to President Dr. Najibullah Mujadidi expressed concern over increasing of polio positive cases in a number of provinces of the country, saying the resources that have been allocated for eradication of polio in the country should be spent in a better way as the government of Afghanistan was ready to take any step towards polio eradication in the country. The country’s President also stressed on people coherence and increasing and changing ways for implementation of polio eradication programs in Afghanistan. In the meeting, representatives of WHO and UNICEF also briefed related to their organizations’ operations followed in connection with adopting urgent mechanism so that Afghanistan reached a country free of polio.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Kabul (BNA)   The foundation stone of Mother and child hospital laid by Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz Public Health Minister in Khairkhana area of Kabul city yesterday.
According to Public Health Ministry to BNA,  the fundamentally and standardize hospital will be constructed in 100 bed  by government of Afghanistan at the cost of two million dollars, the construction of the hospital covers two years.
Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz Public Health Minister, described  the hospital as a good step towards increasing public access to health services, said that with the construction of the hospital, the residents of Khairkhana area will have access more and better facilities for providing health services for the child and mother.
In foundation ceremony of the hospital, the head of 11th, 15 and number of elders of the area talked and appreciated the efforts of the ministry of Public Health in establishment of the hospital.
T. Yarzada

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