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Tuesday September 11, 2018

Pul-e-Khumri City (BNA) A 20-bed hospital to be built by Ministry of Public Health in Khanjan district, northern Baghlan province yesterday.
Dr. Abdul Halim Ghafari deputy of public health department in Baghlan told BNA correspondent, construction work of Gazagail 20-bed hospital has been started with a sum of over 46.8 million Afghanis funded by Ministry of Public Health in Khanjan district of the province.
By construction of the hospital health services would be provided to patients of Khanjan, Talo-Barfak and Andarab districts of the province, Ghafari added.
At the same time, the construction work of three clinics underway in Dehsalah, Jalga and Pul Hesar district of Baghlan province Ghafari underlined.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday, September 02, 2018
Kabul (BNA The Government of Afghanistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have yesterday launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children 13.8 million children aged 9 months to 10 years against measles.
At the launching ceremony, Afghan Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, described this intervention as “life-saving and will have positive impact on child health”. He also acknowledged the ongoing support of partners who are working with the Ministry of Public Health to improve the lives of children in Afghanistan.
Measles is one of the most contagious infections known to humans, and ranks among the top four childhood killers worldwide. In Afghanistan, of the 25,000 reported cases in 2017, 85 per cent are amongst children under the age of ten.  This spans over 20 of the 34 provinces across Afghanistan, with the worst affected provinces being Kabul, Paktika, Kunar, Badghis and Ghor
Speaking at the event, WHO Representative in Afghanistan Dr. Richard Peeperkorn said: “Safe and effective measles vaccine has been in use for the past 60 years worldwide and in Afghanistan since 1984…we hope that this campaign will reach every child, especially the most vulnerable target population.” Dr. Peeperkorn stressed the importance of routine immunization, which “remains the backbone of measles control efforts and contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The measles vaccine will be administered free of charge in all mosques, villages and health facilities throughout the country, targeting all children under the age of ten, irrespective of their previous measles vaccination status or history of disease. This campaign will be implemented in two phases.  The first phase will run from 1-10th September targeting 16 provinces including the most affected, at risk and accessible provinces.  The second phase, from 17 -26 November will cover the remaining 18 provinces.
“Immunization has been proven as one of the most cost-effective and lifesaving interventions against killer childhood diseases. Every girl and boy must be reached no matter who they are and where they live,” says Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “I call upon parents, caregivers, community leaders and all stakeholders to ensure that both girls and boys under the age of ten years can safely reach a mosque or village health facility, so we can together save the life lives of millions of children in Afghanistan.” Khodr emphasised
With the support of the GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the upcoming campaign will cost approximately US$ 14.6 million (5.6 m for vaccines and USD 9 million for operations) – to cover procurement of 14.8 million doses of vaccine, logistics, training, measles case management and activating social networks in communities to ensure local buy-in.
”I congratulate the government of Afghanistan for this landmark campaign,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance.
“Low vaccine coverage, mass population displacements and persistent insecurity have posed an immense challenge to measles control. Strengthening Afghanistan’s routine immunisation must be a top priority to secure further reductions in mortality from this vaccine-preventable disease.”
The Afghanistan Demographic Health Survey of 2015 estimates that only 60% of eligible Afghan children receive their first dose of measles vaccine every year while less than 40% receive the second dose. Low coverage has led to approximately 300 deaths from the disease last year. Routine vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns remain key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths.
The Kabul Times

Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mass measles vaccine campaign has started in 17 provinces of the Afghanistan today.
It is supposed that 13.8 million children aged 9 months to 10 years will be received measles vaccinations.
Officials in public health ministry say, for the first time the campaign will be implemented in 17 provinces then will be implemented across the country.
It has been said, thousands children will be deprived from measles vaccinations due to presence and threat of terrorist groups in their areas.
Ministry of public health’s authorities asked from Taliban and other terrorist groups to allow implementing of measles vaccinations.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s officials demanded from families to implement measles vaccine for their children (9 months to 10 years).
M.A.Ansari
 

Friday August 31, 2018 Kabul (BNA) India has assured Afghanistan of continued financial assistance for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from congenital heart disease as part of its massive humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country, it learnt. India has been providing annual financial assistance of one million dollars since 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). The third instalment of USD 1 million was disbursed to ARCS in August 2017. With this assistance, from August 2017 to July 2018, a total of 467 Afghan children, covering age group from as young as four months to 18 years have been treated at Artemis, Fortis, Max Hospital and other hospitals. Kabul is hopeful that many more needy Afghan children and their families would benefit from this assistance. India takes pride in being able to contribute towards the good health and well-being of Afghan children and people of the embattled country. India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects. The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country. India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to New Delhi in late 2016. Thestatesman Ansari

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