29 June 2017

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Sunday May 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of two health clinics have been completed and put into exploitation in northern Balkh province.
Mirwais Rabi head of public health department in Balkh told BNA correspondent, with establishing of the health clinics over 15,000 people gained access to health services in Balkh district of the province.
Also the foundation stone of a health clinic laid in Balkh district.
Rabi said, within the next one month the construction work of 12 health clinics will be implemented in remote areas of Balkh province.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil has been appointed as the chairwoman for Afghanistan Medical Council established under a presidential decree, after being discussed by the cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the presidential press office said Tuesday.
“Pertaining the resolution of the cabinet, in order to secure safe health conditions and rights of the patients and standardize how to beef up and regulate doctors’ medical training in the country and support the medical doctors’ professional rights, the post of Afghanistan Medical Council has been created and approved by the presidential order,” said the statement.  The presidential press office statement quoting the order hoped Mrs. Oryakhil to could successfully lead the office.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  A standard hospital was inaugurated in central Bamyan province with the presence of Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Princess Zahra Agha Khan, Canadian and France ambassadors and a number of parliamentarians, BNA reported Tuesday.
During inauguration ceremony, calling inauguration of the hospital a historical event to the people of the province, Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh said, “I hope the hospital renders different health services and be a place to solve the people health problems.”
Likewise, the provincial governor, Mohammad Tahir Zahir thanked the Canadian and French governments for providing financial support for the construction of the hospital.
He also thanked the Agha Khan Development Network for acting as an implementing partner of the project and urged all the parties to help in further development of the hospital from the provincial level to the zonal level.
Zahir also presented some of the key demands of Bamyan province to the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, urging the government to assist with the implementation of the cultural master plan of Bamyan, establishment of medical faculty, maintaining security on highways connecting to Bamyan, reduction of poverty, and modification plan of the administrative units.
In their turn, Princess Zahra, the Canadian and French Ambassador emphasized on further development of Bamyan province and said the construction of Bamyan hospital is a symbol of partnership and close cooperation of the relevant parties for change and development.  According to the agency, the hospital has been built and equipped with a total cost of $22.8 million, which was financed by Canada, France and Agha Khan Foundation.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  World Immunization Week launched yesterday in Afghanistan by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), WHO and UNICEF, together with national and international partners supporting immunization services in the country, MoPH said in a statement.
According to the statement, the yearly Immunization Week campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination and ensure that people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions preventing illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, pneumonia, tetanus and measles, the statement added.
“Immunization is the right of every child. We must accelerate our efforts to ensure all children all over the country are vaccinated and protected from diseases. Strengthening Afghanistan’s routine immunization system is among our top priorities. Through immunization we can protect children from traditional vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and also pneumonia, a major killer of children under 5 years of age,” said Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health.
Afghanistan’s overall immunization coverage remains low with disparities throughout the regions. Vaccination can avert more than one third of under-five deaths but based on estimated routine immunization coverage, around 1 in 6 children still lack access to vaccines. Afghanistan’s under-five mortality rate remains among the highest in the world at 55 per 1,000 live births.
“Vaccines work to fight diseases, to protect individuals and communities and to save lives. We must make sure that routine immunization services reach all Afghans, no matter where they live, and that caregivers vaccinate their children during all house-to-house immunization campaigns,” said Dr Richard Peeperkorn, WHO Country Representative. “We need to significantly step up our efforts to achieve universal access to immunization in order to improve child health and drive sustainable development in Afghanistan.”
“Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions that saves children’s lives and contributes to building a better future for Afghanistan,” said Ms Adele Khodr, UNICEF Country Representative. “We must reach all children with quality vaccines and intensify our efforts to reach the unreached children who are in greatest need and most vulnerable.”
Mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases has decreased in the past decade due to the Government’s immunization efforts supported by local and international partners. In the past year, the number of health centers providing immunization services increased by 12 per cent, now including 1,767 facilities around the country. Currently 10 antigens are included in Afghanistan’s routine immunization program, available free of charge. In recent years, Afghanistan has successfully introduced new vaccines, including the Pentavalent vaccine protecting people from five deadly diseases and the Pneumococcal vaccine to fight pneumonia.
Afghanistan has seen major progress in efforts to eradicate polio in recent years and most of the country remains polio-free. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, compared to 20 in 2015. Three polio cases have been reported so far in 2017 from Kandahar, Helmand and Kunduz provinces.

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