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Tuesday March 15, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The first six specialist doctors from the French Medical Institute for Children’s Postgraduate Medical Education Program have been awarded certificates of specialization here the other day by Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health and the Professor Farhat Abbas, Dean of Aga Khan University Medical College at a PGME Graduation Ceremony, a statement from FMIC said, adding that the funding of PGME program was provided by the Government of Canada.
The graduates, three each in pediatric medicine and pediatric surgery, underwent four years of rigorous specialized training through a program accredited by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Aga Khan University’s Postgraduate Medical Education Department.
Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz applauded the initiative, saying that Afghanistan has just 2 doctors for every 10,000 people which is a serious shortage of medical specialists, adding that we support initiatives that can help us increase the number of medical and surgical specialists in the country and appreciate the assistance provided by the Aga Khan University for this program, the statement added.
FMIC began providing advanced education to doctors in April 2012 as a way of building and strengthening the local healthcare system. Besides clinical training in Kabul, residents had to go through a three-month rotation at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, with exposure to advanced techniques and complex cases with multiple complications.
In commending the graduates for their hard work, Nurjehan Mawani, the AKDN Diplomatic Representative acknowledged the important support for the PGME Program provided by the Government of Canada.  She also thanked the Ministry of Public Health for its ongoing support and collaboration, hoping to see more and more women residents joining the program. “The geographical reach will enlarge bringing in residents from more provinces; and the number of disciplines will increase. On average, the Program expects to graduate 20-25 residents each year - across 10 disciplines,” she said. Philippe Merlin Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France congratulated the graduating residents and assured continued support of the Government of France in improving healthcare and health human resource development in Afghanistan.  Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, agriculture, culture, humanitarian aid and infrastructure and capacitydevelopment, the statement concluded.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Kabul (BNA) National Interim Medical Council of Afghanistan (NIMCA) has officially been opened during a ceremony attended by the related officials, a statement from the ministry of public health said Tuesday.
A ceremony participated by the ministers of public health, higher education, justice and labor and social affairs and representatives from the health departments of the ministries of defense, interior, National Directorate for Security (NDS), national and international entities partners with the Afghan health sector, was held here in Kabul officially opened the NIMCA, according to the statement.
Representatives from the said ministries and entities and those of the private health sector have been said in the statement to be working as the members of the council, with the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firozuddin Firoz noting the main aims of the council is to provide standard health services for the people, securing trust between patients and the doctors, beefing up the work capacity and service of the health service providers, beefing up the work validity of the Afghan physicians at the regional level and standardizing the private medical services institutes in the country.
“The council is now working temporary for one year, and then would continue working permanently,” said the public health minister who added the plan to successfully establish the council was the outcome of the related officials’ joint cooperation.
Minister of higher education, Dr. Farid Mohmand, justice minister, Dr. Abdul Basir Anwar and minister of labor and social affairs, Dr. Nasreen Oryakhil spoke on the occasion calling the establishment of the council, a step forward towards raising the doctors’ educational and professional level, improvement of health inside the country to remove the country’s people needs for going abroad for treatment.
Oryakhil hoped the council could do its best to provide enough cooperation in standardization of the health sector as well as offer good medical behavior and safety for the patients.

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Kabul (BNA)  Although Taliban is a major barrier on the way of implementing POLIO vaccination but the religious scholars say the people who propagate against POLIO vaccination know nothing about religious principles.
BNA religious affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Afghanistan and Pakistan are only two countries in the world level with POLIO positive cases. Last year, Afghanistan has seen 20 POLIO cases while 54 cases of the disease have recorded in Pakistani tribal area close to Afghan borders. The POLIO cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan where mostly Taliban control or prevent the volunteers who implement POLIO vaccination programs.
The problem emerged after the assassination of Asama bin Laden the leader of Al –Qaida network in Pakistan and Taliban started hostility against POLIO campaigners and vaccinators.
The reason of hostility against POLIO vaccination was that the American forces launching a faked POLIO vaccination program found out the residential house of Asama and killed him.
What had happened was a part of intelligence program but it would be inhumane to take the revenge from innocent children whose lives are under the threat of this fatal disease.
The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban consider POLIO vaccination the work of infidels. For this reason, this dark minded group, attacked or prevented the activities of the volunteers working for POLIO eradication in south and east parts of Afghanistan and Pakistani tribal areas. As on February 7, Taliban killed three POLIO vaccinators while they were implementing POLIO vaccination program in Ghaziabad Kuner province. Earlier to this notorious group harassed vaccinators in Kandahar, Helmand, and other places.
While Taliban is the major problem on the way of POLIO eradication in Afghanistan, the international community trying to rescue the word from the danger of this fatal disease and Afghanistan and Pakistan governments are under the pressure of that international organization.
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed using a proper strategy end POLIO problem in the country. The new measure adopted by Afghan government for eradication of POLIO was holding the conference of religious scholars on children’s health hosted by the ministry of Haj and endowment and ministry of public health. The senior scholars from inside and outside the country attended the conference.
The participants of the conference representing the most credible Islamic institutes and organization unanimously said POLIO vaccination is necessary for the health of children and there is no any barrier for carrying out the vaccination. The participants of the conference insisted that Islamic law considers a sound body very important and emphasizes on treatment of sick people. Therefore, based on Islamic instructions, fighting against all diseases among them POLO is the duty of every Muslim man and women. Unfortunately, Taliban ignoring all clear Islamic instructions, ban the program for eradication of POLIO just for their political goals.                 

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The seminar on anti-polio campaign which was held with the initiative of the Ministry of Public Health and in close cooperation of the Ministries of Hajj and Endowment and Education for the country’s clerics and with participation of the officials from Asian Development Bank and Islamic Consultative Group was concluded here the other day, CE press office said in a statement.
The foreign and the country’s clerics who participated the two days seminar, praised the National Unity Government’s efforts on elimination of polio from the country, adding that such seminars reveal the leaders’ commitment towards such facts.
The religious scholars also made a declaration at the end of seminar, saying that the polio vaccination is Halal and the families should implement it on their under-five year old kids, adding that to be united against elimination of such ugly phenomenon from the country.
Appreciating the religious scholars for their commitments, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said that the clerics have played key role in solving the political issues of the country, asking them to play their important role in elimination of polio disease from the country.
Hinting on holding of seminar as the NUG’s commitment toward elimination of polio, the Chief Executive said that the next steps world be taken forward to rout-out the polio from Afghanistan.
Calling implementation of polio vaccination as the main responsibilities of all Afghans, Dr. Abdullah said that polio doesn’t have any treatment but could be prevented, asking everyone to help prevent polio not to widespread in the country.
Pointing to NUG commitment toward elimination of polio from the country, the Chief Executive also said that in two national conferences, the country’s security forces have been guided to take action and ease vaccinators in elimination of polio across the country.

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