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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kabul (BNA) The fatal-but-curable cancer disease has recently prevailed among the Afghan citizens.
Majority of our countrymen have to travel abroad for cancer treatment. Fortunately, recently, cancer treatment resources have been available inside the country. Advisor of the MoPH, Dr. Khawja Qamaruddin Seddiqi said certain programs have been undertaken in this regard, although, construction of specialized cancer treatment hospital is very expensive. Seddiqi said, ‘The MoPH has been trying to contact certain international sources, including Asian Bank, Kuwait Trust Fund, and Qatar and others to study establishment of a specialized cancer treatment hospital in which scientific presentations will also be available. Contacts take place by the Afghan government, MoPH and Kabul Medical University. We plan to establish a cabal therapy treatment center in KMU.He added, we have certain possibilities to diagnose cancer related diseases including some operations. Some advanced cancer diseases require medicine treatment. If it was possible their tumors will be eliminated by surgery.
He went on to say, the MoPH has established a cancer treatment center in Jamhuriat Hospital. Those patients whose disease has already been diagnosed can refer to this center. Our doctors are available. Beside that certain private and public facilities are available in major provinces who affair Endoscopy STSCAN, ultrasound etc. If cancers are not chronic and advanced, they can be operated inside Afghanistan. But there are different cancers like stomach, intestine, chest, gullet and uteri cancers. These are operated in Afghanistan by our skilled specialists. Talking on improvement of cancer specialists, a number of doctors have been sent by MoPH to China, Turkmenistan, India and South Korea and Iran, for example, Dr. Ruhullah Satari has been sent to South Korea. After training they will manage to perform cancer surgical cooperation. Seddiqi said, ‘A number of our countrymen lack essential information while our health system has advanced good and our doctors are capable to perform cancer operations.’Gulalai, a woman who is affected with cancer said, ‘I have been affected with cancer since few years.’ I repeatedly went to neighboring country of Pakistan and spent huge amount of money. Now, I have to go to Pakistan every three months for treatment.She added, now, I am very happy to have informed that cancer is cured inside our country.
Karima Malikzada

Saturday January 30, 2016

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani holds video conference and discussed anti-polio campaign with the provincial governors in Tawhid center, here the other day, a statement from Presidential Palace said.
The video conference was carried out with provincial governors of Nangarhar, Kunar, Kandahar, Helmand, Urozgan, Nimroz, Farah, Faryab and Herat, aiming to fight polio in the respective provinces. Minister of Public Health briefed the conference participants on government’s efforts in anti-polio campaign and shared particular proposals with the ministers and governors. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said that government is committed to fight against polio and has established anti-polio provincial committees to further prevent such disease epidemic in the country. The CE also asked the governors to share any incident related to polio disease with the central government, so that to be followed seriously.
Thanking the country’s Chief Executive, cabinet members, governors, World Health Org, including Gates foundation and other international organizations working for polio elimination, the president said that for specifying of the available experiences in the field of polio, a country-wide survey should be conducted so that to further eliminate such virus from the country. The president asked the national and international organizations to review accountability, transparency in the field of polio elimination through a third party, so that challenges to be reviewed and necessary steps be taken in polio elimination in the country. President Ghani considered fight against polio as the national goal and stressed hundred percent successes in its elimination from the country. The president also termed the country’s Ulema role as crucial and instructed the Ministry of Public Health to share necessary information with them as well as share it with people through public awareness programs.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health has rounded up 100 more drug addicts and shifted them to the newly opened rehabilitation center.
Some 800 addicts have been rounded up and taken to the rehabilitation center since launching the collection campaign of drug addicts early this month.
Majority of the addicts who were collected from Shahr-e-Naw and Aria township Monday night have expressed happiness over government decision to shift them in rehabilitation center for medical treatment.
Although, some of the addicts have resisted and thus made difficult the process of rounding up, the authorities while respecting the human rights have done their best to convince the drug affected people to go to rehabilitation center.
The ministry for public health in coordination of ministries for counter-narcotics, interior, social work and economy has been tasked to round up the addicts and provide medical treatment to them.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Ministry of Public Health officials and the representatives of the donor organizations here in Arg the other day, a statement from Presidential palace said, adding that the meeting discussed the improvement of the healthcare systems in the country.
In the meeting, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz and representatives of the donor organizations presented their proposals to the president on accountability, transparency and improvement of the healthcare systems.
After hearing the proposals and problems, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that the main focus of the government and the donors should be on improvement of healthcare systems in the country, adding that transparency, accountability and standards have not been considered while hiring doctors and despite of the problems, the healthcare related contracts are still being extended. President Ghani added that the government of Afghanistan along with its international donors should find ways for improvement of healthcare systems, saying that all the people of Afghanistan demanding reformation and improvement in health sector.
The president asked MoPH and the international organizations working for health sector to review the recruitment process of doctors, accountability, transparency, reward and punishment procedures in health systems and bring reforms in such a way that not only achievements be saved, but the healthcare systems also be improved.

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