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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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan of their obligation to always respect the provision of healthcare, never to harm medical personnel and patients and to ensure that the protected status of medical facilities is respected.
In two incidents in the last week, access to healthcare was under attack, resulting in deaths and injuries.
“Medical facilities, medical personnel, and those who are receiving treatment, for disease or conflict-related injuries, must never be placed at risk, let alone subject to attack,” said Mark Bowden, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator and the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The work that humanitarian and medical personnel carry out must not be restricted, and all parties to the conflict must abstain from actions that may place these persons or facilities at risk.”
On 22 February, in the Sia Gird District of Parwan Province, a suicide attacker targeting Afghan security forces detonated an improvised explosive device in proximity to the entrance of the district health clinic, killing seven civilians and injuring seven others (including three boys).
On 18 February, Afghan Ministry of Interior Special Forces and the international military conducted a joint operation in the Tangi Sayedan area of Daimirdad District of Wardak province and entered a government health clinic funded by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan. After the manager of the facility was tied up and other medical personnel forced with him into a room, two patients and a 15-year-old boy on visit were taken to a nearby shop and summarily executed.
The 2015 UNAMA-OHCHR Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict issued earlier this month documented an increase in the number of conflict-related incidents deliberately targeting hospitals, clinics and health personnel.
The UN reiterates that intentional attacks on or in the vicinity of education facilities and hospitals, or on their personnel, committed as part of the ongoing conflict, constitute violations and abuses of international human rights law, breaches of international humanitarian law, and also violate the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
All parties to the conflict are bound to uphold the international humanitarian law principles of distinction and precautions in attack, and spare the civilian population or persons hors de combat and civilian objects from harm.
The UN urges all parties to refrain from targeting hospitals and to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among their patients and personnel.

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