Tuesday April 4, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah inaugurated national emergency operation center for anti-polio.
In a ceremony held yesterday on this occasion with participation of minister of public health, representatives of Bill Gates Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNDP to Afghanistan, the country’s chief executive considered eradication of polio as big human and national responsibility, adding that eradication of polio program was in top priority of the Afghanistan government which was committed to eradicate the menace.
In the session, representative of Bill Gates Foundation by stressing on the foundation’s continued assistance to the people and government of Afghanistan regarded construction of the center as a big step towards improvement in polio eradication services, adding that this was not the end of work, but it was the start of joint cooperation in connection with eradiation of polio virus in the country.
Tuesday March 28, 2017
Pul-e-Alam City (BNA) First spring round of anti-polio vaccination campaign with dropping of two drops of vaccine has started in eastern Logar province yesterday.
Noor Abas Qassemi deputy of public health department in Logar told BNA reporter, in this round to give immunity doze to 121,093 children under the age of five and vitamin A to be distributed for 106,562 under five-year-old children throughout the province.
Anti-polio vaccination will be implemented by 706 volunteers and health workers in the province, Qassemi added.
Mohammad Halim Fedayee governor of Logar asked tribal elders, media, civil society activists and all residents of the province to cooperate with health employees regarding implementation of anti-polio vaccination.
Since eight years no any polio cases registered in Logar province.
Monday March 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health yesterday launched the first spring round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) for polio eradication in 2017, a statement from the ministry said.
According to the statement, the campaign which will take place from 27-31 March is the first national campaign in 2017. More than 8.8 million children under five will be vaccinated against polio and more than 7.9 million aged 6 months to 5 years will be given vitamin A tablets, the statement added. The campaign will cover all provinces, except Bamyan, Daikondi and Ghor provinces due to cold weather. The Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz reiterated the importance of this campaign and the need to reach all children under five regardless of where they live. He reiterated the need to ensure the safety of the committed volunteers and front line health workers to perform successfully their noble duties in delivering health services to every Afghan household to protect all children from this paralyzing disease, the statement continued. The Minister of Public Health reiterated the importance of polio vaccine to ensure all children are protected from the crippling effects of polio. Most countries of the world are now free from polio as a result of immunization.
Afghanistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio still exists. Fortunately polio can be eliminated completely like smallpox. Afghanistan has made significant progress in the effort to stop polio and is accelerating efforts to ensure polio is finished for good. This national campaign will be run by 65,000 polio workers who will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday of this week, polio teams will revisit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Two polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand and one from Kandahar. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas in the eastern, southern and south-eastern parts of the country.
Meanwhile Dr. Richard Peeper Korn, Representative of WHO and Ms. Adele Khodr, Representative of UNICEF spoke on the issue and reiterated their cooperation with government of Afghanistan in eradication of polio from this country. Polio vaccine is safe and it does not have any side effects even for sleeping, sick and newborn children. Polio vaccines have been endorsed by scholars including national and global Ulema. While last year was a challenging year for polio eradication in Afghanistan, significant progress and new initiatives have been implemented in strengthening of this program. All polio eradication activities have been brought under one leadership. Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) have been established at the national and sub-national level. The surveillance system in the country is of international standard now. Polio eradication program is now fully supported by the top leadership of the government and inter-ministerial coordination has been established.
The support and commitment of national and international religious scholars has been gained. The public awareness and knowledge has been raised throughout the country with the support of media and other communication tools. The public support and contribution has increased to polio eradication program. The independence and transparency of the program have been maintained between the government and opposition. The quality of campaigns, routine immunization and rapid response to polio cases has improved tremendously, the statement concluded.
Sunday March 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Despites the development of health service in the last more than 16 years in the country, over 12,000 people loss lives to the fatal disease each year in Afghanistan.
The disease is nearly controlled in high extent, with many healthcare centers in many big cities of the country, but it still remained dangerous to many people with no access to healthcare centers, as estimated in the last many years. The ministry of public health has announced that some 60,000 people are each year affected by Tuberculosis, but estimates suggested that the disease has been reduced to 42,812 cases, making 62 percent of all disease cases in the country, with 58 percent women and 42 percent men. “1937 TB treatment centers have been established in the country,” Dr. Najibullah Safi, head of public health ministry’s preventive medicine told media.
Afghanistan is among 22 world countries with more TB cases affecting women more than men, said Safi who expressed hope, “Fortunately, by increase in the number of treatment centers in many parts of the country we could reduce the case.” He added that last week a contract costing 8 million USD was signed between Afghanistan and Japan, which is expected to be spent in purchasing TB medications for 2018, 2019 and 2020, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Those affected with TB should refer to the certain treatment centers timely in their near provinces, said a health expert, Dr. Azizullah who regretted for wide number of people with economic problem and their failure to access to the central provinces, due to prevailing insecurities. The main reason behind increase in the number of TB affected women that they spouses were not ready to take them to the treatment centers, particularly those living in the remote provinces. “I recovered after referring to a TB treatment center and hospitalization in Kabul from Maidan/Wardak,” Shogufa who recently released from hospital told The Kabul Times. He asked the government to provide ground for the TB affected patients to be treated soon. March 24 coinciding World TB day marked each year worldwide including Afghanistan.