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Saturday May 21, 2016

Jalalabad City (BNA) Health centers will be constructed at a cost of 16 million USD funded by Ministry of Public Health in center and various districts of eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani in-charge of press office of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the health centers will be built in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province and districts of Bati Koot, Ghanikhail, Koot, Acheen, Naziyan and Dor Baba Dehbala of the province.
Salim Khan Kunduzi Nangarhar governor says, the budget dedicated by ministry of public health and the construction works of the health centers will be started as soon as possible in different parts of the province.
 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health, along with its partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), has today launched a national effort to vaccinate every child in Afghanistan under the age of 5 against the deadly polio disease. The campaign will run throughout Afghanistan for the next four days until 20 May. This campaign aims to vaccinate about 9.5million children, including nomad children.
Polio is a crippling disease that is incurable but preventable through regular vaccination. Polio disease can even kill infected children. Every child under the age of in Afghanistan should be vaccinated during each round. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the ONLY remaining polio-endemic countries in the world.   During this polio immunization round all children from 2- 5 years will also receive de-worming tablets. These deworming tablets prevent worm infections that cause anaemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development in children, and improve children’s overall health, education and development.   So far this year there have been four polio cases in Afghanistan. This places all children at risk of polio infection. Therefore it is important for parents to know that every child under the age of five should be vaccinated during each round and that the polio vaccine is safe and the only effective prevention for polio. The vaccine is also safe for new-born, sleeping, and sick children. The vaccine has no side effects. The four-day vaccination campaign will occur throughout the country and will be carried out by about 67,500 trained health workers. These vaccinators and other frontline health workers are trusted members of the community chosen because they care about Afghan children. The urgency for eradicating polio was recently highlighted by Afghanistan’s leading Mullahs at a conference in Kabul in February. At this conference, about 70 Mullahs from all provinces issued a joint declaration calling it a duty of all Afghan parents to vaccinate their under-5 children against polio. Eradication of polio in Afghanistan is possible within the next year if every 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 centers where their children can be vaccinated against polio.

Sunday May 15, 2016

Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) A health training center for training of nurses midwifes and technical and services staffs was inaugurated in Mazar-e-Sharif city the provincial capital of northern Balkh province yesterday.
Head of public health department in Balkh told BNA, the health center with having 24 classrooms, male’ dormitory, kindergarten, kitchen and conference hall was built at a cost of 34 million Afs. by Germany.
Equipment needed of the health center has been provided by America office for international development, which after that health personnel of Balkh, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Samangan, Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces can use from the new health skills of the center.
 

Saturday May 14, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) plans to take necessary measures to prevent increasing tobacco in the country.
Officials of the ministry said that after indorsing, the law on tobacco control plays leading role. As well as, a commission and a committee have been established and they have already started activities to prevent increase in tobacco products, the officials further said. An in-charge in mental health department of the MoPH, Dr. Bashir Sarwari said, ‘Law on Tobacco Control has been indorsed by the Afghan government two years ago. According to the law, the ministry has a leading role to create coordination between the organs and the relevant offices to oversight implementation of the law.’ Work has been done on two main priorities so far, first, to raise the tax on tobacco products and second, to ban smoking in public places and the government offices, the officials added. To decrease tobacco products, the government of Afghanistan should impose a particular procedure, as after ratifying the law on tobacco control law, the Lower House of the Parliament has increased tax on tobacco products by ten percent, the officials continued.
Likewise, the MoPH has arranged some procedures for all public places, government and non-government organizations based on which smoking has been banned in the specific areas, but it has not still been seriously practiced, the officials went on to say. Pointing at the tobaccos, Dr. Sarwari said, ‘Tobacco has 4,000 chemical substances and when they are mixed with cigarettes, the harms get increased.’ A Kabul resident, Matin said, ‘Once, I went to a government office, a number of the employees were smoking and the people who were around them were breathing the smoke. Those who smoke should be provided with specific places so they don’t harm others’ health, Matin added.’ Afghanistan is home to one of the world’s highest death rates due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), according to the World Health Organization. The leading attributable risk factor for NCDs—chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases –is tobacco use.
Tobacco is big business in most developing countries, and in Afghanistan it is booming: the country imports 44 tons of cigarettes a day, and the import value is estimated at over $2 billion. It is no wonder, considering the wide availability of cigarettes and that a packet costs just $0.30 in Afghanistan, compared to the average cost of $5-$6 per pack in the USA. The numbers are as sobering as they are alarming, but they may prove to be the tip of the iceberg. Traditional ways of tobacco use in Afghanistan include naswar (moist snuff) and one of the most potent forms of tobacco chelam (hookah), both of which remain popular. A traditional hour of smoking hookah is equivalent to 100 cigarettes. Unfortunately, the ongoing conflict and political instability, along with corruption have made national strategies against all forms of addiction, nearly ineffectual. Therefore, the best way to educate about the harmful effects of smoking is at schools. Nonprofit and religious organizations also have a strong voice to influence their communities’ social and personal behaviors, and this influence can also be harnessed to take a stand against smoking.
Shukria Kohistani
 

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