14 November 2018

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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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aibak (BNA) The construction work of 50 bed hospital for mother and child kick off in Aibak city, Samangan province yesterday.
The hospital will be built from development budget of public health ministry in Aibak city at the cost of more than 59 million Afghanis.
Feda Mohammad Paikan deputy of public services of public health ministry said, the hospital work will be completed within 18 month.
Head of public health of Samangan told BNA, the hospital will be constructed with all necessary facilities.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bamyan (BNA) The second round of polio vaccination campaign was started in Bamyan province yesterday.
According to BNA, the polio vaccination program started with presence of Mohammad Asef Mobalegh care-taker and deputy governor of Bamyan, Dar Wafullah Kamou care-taker of public health office and other in charges of that province.
According to BNA report, the campaign will be implemented in all districts and villages of that province.
T. Yarzada