Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked yesterday to governors of 34 provinces in particular related to complete eradication of polio and holding entry test through video conference in National Tawheed Center.
First, advisor to president on political affairs and envoy to president on polio eradication Najibullah Mujadidi and minister of public health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz reported in connection with national process of polio eradication and implementation of polio vaccination across the country.
Minister of public health added that they had necessary preparation to vaccine all returned children under five and informed of a serious plan for complete eradication of polio until the end of 2017.
Afterwards, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah by praising ministries of higher education and public health for achievements and steps in this regard said there should be no interferences in entry test which was a national process.
Pointing to eradication of polio across the country, chief executive said the national unity government was committed to pave better ways for implementation of polio vaccination programs in the country.
In his speech, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised governors in particular those participating in frontline of battlefield for better management of war.
Pointing to possible natural incidents in future, the country’s President told governors that weather forecast have shown that floods would flow in a number of areas of the country; therefore, prior measures should be adopted in this regard.
President Ghani further said that relevant ministries should hold regular sessions under the direct supervision of chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to counter polio virus and find better ways to fight the respective virus, adding that districts threatened by polio virus should be identified and security forces were to maintain security of the respective areas.
Thursday March 9, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a big health clinic has started in northern Panjshir province yesterday.
Mir Aqa Esmati head of public health department of Panjshir said BNA reporter, the health clinic to be built on 1400 square meters of land based on high and standard quality by India with a cost of USD 200,000 in Karman village, Dara district of the province.
Deputy Governor, tribal elders and provincial authorities of Panjshir were presented in the ceremony.
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Kunduz City (BNA) More than 6 tons expired foodstuffs have been burned by health officials of northern Kunduz province the other day.
In-charge of public health in the province says, the expired foodstuffs have been collected by employees of public health department of Kunduz from shops.
Dr. Abdul Mateen Atifi head of public health department in Kunduz told BNA correspondent, the low quality and expired foodstuffs have been burned.
60 cartons cakes and alcoholic beverages were among the burnt foodstuffs, the source added.
Work on collecting low quality and expired foodstuffs continuing throughout the province.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health, together with UNICEF and WHO, will today launch the second round of Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) campaign of 2017 in high-risk areas to vaccinate 5.6 million children under age of five against polio, the ministry reported.
According to the report, the campaign will be conducted in all provinces in the Southern and South-eastern regions, most districts in the Eastern region as well as selected high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city. The campaign will run for three days, during which over 36,000 polio workers will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday polio teams will revisit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected, the report added.“Polio causes permanent disability or even death. It is the right of all Afghan children to grow up healthy and we are all responsible to ensure that all children under the age of 5 receive two drops of the polio vaccine during every single vaccination campaign. Only by reaching all children with these life-saving vaccines can we eradicate polio from Afghanistan for good,” said H.E. Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health.
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. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only 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.