11 December 2017

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Wednesday November 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Firozuddin Firoz Minister of Public Health and Ehsanullah Bayat founder of Bayat Foundation signed construction agreement of a specialty hospital in Kabul city yesterday.
According to BNA report, the four-floor specialty hospital to be constructed with capacity of 100-beds at the compound of Indira Gandhi Child hospital in Kabul city.
By construction of the hospital health services to be provided for mothers and infants, Firoz added.
The hospital to be built in standard form and will be equipped with development medial tools, Firoz further added.
For the first time in Afghanistan history Research Cancer Center to be established in the hospital as well, Firoz underlined.

Friday November 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday up to 9,500 children in Afghanistan die every year from diarrhea.
UNICEF noted that the risks associated with diarrhea infections are exacerbated in Afghanistan, a country where some 1.2 million children are malnourished and 41 per cent of children are stunted.
The UN officials made the comments as they declared Nili in central Afghanistan’s Daykundi province the country’s first ‘open defecation free district’. “Deaths from diarrhea are particularly tragic because in most cases, they can be easily avoided,” Adele Khodr, UNICEF’s Afghanistan representative, said in a statement. “Providing access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities in villages and towns across the country is critical,” she added. Poor sanitation and hygiene leave the already malnourished children more susceptible to infections that cause diarrhea. It causes loose bowel movements that may lead to dehydration, and in severe cases, death.

Monday October 30, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The licenses of more than 900 local and foreign medicine importing firms were suspended on Sunday on charges of smuggling and violation of rules. The Ministry of Public Health made the decision in the wake of a 12-week campaign against counterfeit and substandard medicine being imported and sold across the war-ravaged country.
Speaking at a news conference in capital Kabul, National Medicine and Health Product Regulatory Authority (NMHPRA) Director Noor Shah Kamawal said the licenses of 817 local and 113 foreign medicine importing companies had been cancelled.
“We have targeted those companies that were continuously violating rules and regulations, they have now been given one month time to stop violations and share their documents with us,” he said.
According to Health Ministry, Afghanistan imports medicine worth around $300 million annually, mainly from Pakistan, Iran, India, Turkey and Bangladesh. More than 1,100 pharmaceutical firms were registered with the government. Besides the crackdown on importers, the NMHPRA is also looking into the affairs of some 14,500 registered pharmacies across the country. Kamawal said more than 100 tons of expired, counterfeit and substandard medicine had been seized from different pharmacies during the campaign so far.
The healthcare system in Afghanistan has crippled following more than 40 years of raging violence, leaving the poor and the needy on the mercy of aid while those who can afford better healthcare, usually travel to Pakistan, India and Turkey for treatment.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulllah addressing a ceremony marking the World Food Day and launching of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul said that at the moment thirty-three percent of the population faces food insecurity and six hundred thousand children suffer from acute malnutrition. He also emphasized on solution to the problem.
Dr. Abdullah added that providing all Afghans access to adequate food and promoting better diet for women and children was one of the biggest goals of the Agenda.
“We had policies, we had methods, we worked on different strategies at different times, but the need for their coherence was felt and understood. Hence, our responsibility to ensure the safety of food was linked to various ministries and institutions. We came to the conclusion that we need to establish the National Food and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN),” said the Chief Executive.
Addressing the ceremony Minister of Public Health Ferozudding Feroz said that from the time of birth to the age of two, was the most important time to reach a child’s life, if nutrition was right from conception till that age, adding diseases were eliminated among children.
“This is essential so as to make sure malnutrition becomes something of the past for all women, men and their families and I am confident that by bringing the different sectors at government level and different departments together and making them work together you will create, reproduce very good results in putting in place a range of policies and programs to improve nutrition,” said Gerda Verburg, United Nations assistant secretary general and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said there is the need for more investment in the agricultural sector in the country in order to combat malnutrition and poverty. “Food insecurity in Afghanistan is increasing, statistics show that the lack of food safety in 2011 and 2012 was more than 30 percent but this figure has risen to 33 percent in the year 2014,” said Nasir Ahmad Durani acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
At the end of the meeting, government agencies and representatives from countries and organizations that have backed AFSeN committed to engaging in these initiatives.
“I preach on behalf of Afghanistan, on behalf of FAO, support commitment of my organization to promote Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda,” said Tomio Shichiri, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Afghanistan became the sixtieth country to receive the membership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The committee on malnutrition and food security was also established with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on the chair.

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