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Sunday April 3, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health says that has implemented several programs and held consultative meetings to prevent spreading of HIV in the country.
Ahmad Jan Naimi, deputy minister for Ministry of Public Health said that the National Aids Controlling Program (NACP) has been established in the framework of MoPH in 2013, adding that with support from donor countries, the ministry has implemented the projects related to prevention and reducing of the HIV in eight provinces and has eased consultative meetings in ten provinces so that to prevent transferring and spreading of HIV in the country. “Despite of having 0.1 percent of HIV, Afghanistan lays among the countries with least affected people. But civil war, insecurity poverty, open borders, migrations, illiteracy, returning of Afghan migrants from abroad without knowing HIV as well as the increasing addiction would help improve the percentage of those suffering such ugly disease”, deputy minister said, adding that HIV is beyond a disease and has so many factors behind, therefore MoPH is working with line ministries to prevent its spreading in the country.
A Kabul based doctor Azizullah said that HIV is a deadly virus which weakens the defensive system of the body and makes a person to be affected in any disease easily. “The HIV increasing in the South Asian countries, in particular among the youths, in each three affected people, one is between 15 to 24 years old and over 60 million of world population affected with HIV,” doctor Azizullah said, from 60 million of affected people, 20 million of which have died and the 40 other still remained. Dr. Azizullah says that the affected HIV people increasing in Afghanistan due to migration, sexuality and addiction. The affected people are mostly male and are due to using of the same injections while using drugs, adding that the disease doesn’t have treatment, but the affected people need sympathy and support from their families and the society. The HIV affected people in Afghanistan complaining about misbehave of the medical personnel, and even according to them, cannot find access to HIV treatment centers. The in charges of National Aids Controlling Programs saying that misbehave with HIV addicted people are due to illiteracy, none awareness, no treatment centers and the lack of budget to fight such disease in the country. There are over 35 million people affected with HIV in the world, and most of them relates to poor and undeveloped countries. Afghanistan is trying to fight HIV through awareness programs and establishing of the treatment centers, but doing such needs international supports.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Saturday April 2, 2016

Kabul (BNA) India has committed to provide annual financial assistance of US$ 1 million over a period of five years beginning 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), an Indian embassy press release said, adding that the first installment of US$ 1 million was disbursed to ARCS in August 2015.
“With the assistance, during the first two quarters from 15 September 2015 to 15 March 2016, 214 Afghan children, covering age group from as young as 4 months to 18/19 years, have been treated at various hospitals in India,” the embassy added. In addition, India provides financial, technical & training support to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kabul. India takes pride in being able to contribute towards good health and wellbeing of the children and brotherly peoples of Afghanistan, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Speaking on the occasion of world TB Day marked here in Kabul yesterday, Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said that the level of TB treatment services in the country has been increased by 97 percent, according to the ministry’s statement.
“As a result of joint efforts and implementation of MoPH strategies, TB case detection rate improved, the level of TB diagnosis and treatment enhanced, the number of TB treatment centers across the country increased and the access of people to TB treatment services risen, and now Afghanistan is not included of those 22 countries suffering highest rate of TB cases “Dr. Feroz was quoted by the statement as saying.  Expressing gratitude to health partners of Afghanistan, Dr. Feroz said: “I am proud of the continued hard work of the National TB Program staff and grateful for the support of international and national partners in improving Afghanistan’s prevention and treatment of TB.” Besides these progresses, Afghanistan still has a high prevalence of TB, an infectious disease that kills roughly 14,000 Afghans every year, the statement added.
Afghans living in crowded urban settings and in rural areas with limited access to health care are particularly vulnerable to tuberculosis. Therefore, our partnership needs to remain united in its fight against this disease,” Feroz said in the statement. The event was also attended by representatives of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID),World Health Organization (WHO), chairperson of Stop TB Partnership and representatives other relevant entities. The purpose of the event was to accelerate progress toward ending TB by improving the ability of Afghan doctors and healthcare workers to detect and treat Afghans suffering from the disease. USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith reiterated the American people’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan in its fight against TB. “I am proud USAID leads our government’s efforts in TB management around the world, that we have committed to reach every person with TB, to cure those in need of treatment, and to prevent new TB infections as part of our new Global TB Strategy,” Smith said. Meanwhile, WHO representative to Afghanistan Dr. Richard Peppercorn spoke on the issue and expressed his strong support in fighting against TB in Afghanistan.
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The 8th congress for Afghanistan Gynecologists Association was held in Kabul yesterday. BNA reported.
In the congress, achievements and challenges facing the country’s gynecologists were reviewed.
Participants in the congress also discussed solution for reducing maternal and child mortality during birth time, stressing that every mother had the right to honorable healthcare services with high quality.
In the congress, deputy minister of public health Dr. Najia Tariq while expressing the ministry’s cooperation with the respective association stressed on further improvement of the association’s works.
Meanwhile, deputy minister of publications for information and culture Sayeda Mujgan Mustafavi spoke and while praising the respective association considered holding the 8th congress as a valuable step towards creating solidarity among gynecologists and doctors and hoped reviewing achievements, their challenges and searching ways for improvement of employment safety and condition.
Deputy Minister of publications added that MoIC in particular deputy ministry of publications was ready for cooperation with the respective association.

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