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Monday, January 27, 2020
Herat (BNA) A five day Polio Vaccine campaign has been launched in Herat.
The campaign which will continue across Herat for five days, will vaccinate more than 654,000 children under the age of five.
Herat Deputy Governor Ghulam Daud Hashimi launched the campaign yesterday by dropping a few drops of vaccine into children’s mouths.
Dr. Ghulam Daud Hashimi reiterates commitment of national unity government to improve the provision of health services, said, the polio vaccine campaign was launched today to eradicate the polio virus in Herat.
Health officials of Herat say, the campaign will be implemented by more than thousand health care workers and volunteers.
More than 654,000 children under the age of five will be vaccinated against paralysis in this round.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a ceremony yesterday opened laboratories complex and DNA tests lab in Kabul.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, the country’s chief executive by praising the ministry of public health and its partner organizations considered the establishment of the complex as a significant steps towards detection of crimes and implementation of justice in the country, adding that interference of any single organ and section in work modality of the complex was not acceptable.
Dr. Abdullah stressed that security of the complex’s personnel and protection of secrets of individuals working in the complex was important; therefore, the ministry of public health, attorney general office and other relevant organs should pay consideration to the issue. The country’s chief executive also asked for creation of such centers in provinces of the country.
In the ceremony, minister of public health considered creation of the complex as a valuable achievement and a key step towards development in the respective field, stressing that practical and significant steps have been taken in accordance to the ministry’s strategic plan to improve health services in the country.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chairing the sub-committee meeting of the council of ministers on health affairs here on Tuesday at the Sapidar Palace, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said establishment of independent health insurance office was people’s urgent need, a statement said.
The Ministry of Public Health briefed the session on establishment of the independent health insurance organization, saying they were currently working in coordination with international institutions on a plan to establish the health insurance agency, adding the plan includes legal aspects, organizational structures and institutionalization of the health insurance culture in the country, the statement from CE press office said.
The session also approved the Ministry of Public health’s proposal for resumption of issuing licenses to pharmacies under specific and restricted conditions, the statement added.
CE Abdullah instructed Ministry of Public Health to conduct a detailed assessment of districts and remote areas and issue new licenses as per need of the people.
Considering lack of people’s access to medicines in remote areas and inattention to this matter by the country’s laws, the council of ministers had earlier suspended issuing of licenses to pharmacies.
According to the sub-committee report regarding the private sector role in health affairs, there were serious problems existed in issuing of tariff and licenses, establishment of medicines industrial park and quality of the medicines.
The Chief Executive said the problems needed to be discussed and assed in private sector’s executive committee meeting of the Chief Executive Office, the statement added.

Thursday, January 02, 2020
Kabul (BNA) An Afghan delegation from the country’s hospitals, physicians and medical experts is visiting Iran to attract Tehran’s support for joint programs for boosting public health service in the impoverished country.
A delegation from Afghanistan’s hospitals, doctors and experts on Tuesday called for developing scientific relations with Iran. The International Interaction Center of the Iranian Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology hosted the delegation whose aim is to promote scientific relations with Iran, Fars news agency reported yesterday.
Head of the International Interaction center Mahdi Qalenoyee and Spokesman for Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health Vahid Majrouh called for developing scientific relations between Iran and Afghanistan.
During the event, Iranian and Afghan knowledge-based companies presented their latest achievements and products, according to the Iranian agency.
Lack of security in Afghanistan has been a major hurdle for expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Kabul. A mine explosion earlier this year at the site of a project in Afghanistan killed an Iranian engineer and injured his colleague.
In October, Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health Firouzeddin Firouz said that his country is willing to import more Iranian medicine due to their high quality.
"Only 15% to 20% of Afghanistan's medicine market is supplied by the Iranian drugs," Firouz said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Saeed Namaki in Tehran.
He noted that the Afghan people are satisfied with the quality of the Iranian medicine, and added, "The share of Iranian drugs in this market should increase."
"Also, we can have cooperation with Iran in transferring the technology to produce medicine in the next phase," Firouz said. Iran has taken long strides in the field of health and hygiene.
In June, Iran hosted the 2nd edition of International Confutation (Conference and Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECDO-NGOs and Health Tourism Agencies Meeting in the Northern city of Ardabil with participants from the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Islamic countries.


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