16 November 2018

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Public health authorities in Kuner say that if does not fight against polio seriously and vaccination against this fatal disease not implemented, the cases of the disease would increase in this province.
Azizurahman Safi the head of public health of Kuner recently said to BNA that still there were three cases of the disease in the province and if does not fight seriously against polio and if anti polio vaccination does not implemented across the province, there would be the possibility of increase of the disease.
He added, in some areas of Murawar, Noorgul, Surkano and Sawky districts of Kuner province the terrorists prevent the implementing of anti-polio vaccination.
Nemat
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sar-e-Pul (BNA) The construction work of a health clinic kick off in Sar-e-Pul province.
Dr. Noorulhaq Rad care-taker of Sar-e-Pul public health department told BNA, the clinic will be built from development budget of public health ministry at the cost of 22 million Afghanis within a year.
Dr. Murad added, the clinic will have 14 rooms and other necessary facilities.
The foundation stone of the clinic was laid by Abdul Qader Ashna governor of that province.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Nangarhar Public Health Directorate said a three day polio vaccine campaign has been launched in the province and about seven hundred thousand children under the age of five will be inoculated.
Health director of Nangarhar says about 20,000 children will not be vaccinated due to insurgent’s threats in four districts of the province.
“Unfortunately, polio cases have increased compared to the last year and one case has been registered in Nuristan province, because the eastern zone is under threat and the virus transfers from Pakistan to different parts of the country,” said Najibullah Kanawal Nangarhar’s public health director.
Meanwhile, religious scholars called on insurgent groups to cooperate with this campaign.
“Vaccines are very important for the health of children and I call on parents and religious scholars to campaign and increase public awareness and let their children receive vaccines and let’s put an end to this phenomenon,” said Gul Nabi a religious scholar.
Ali Mohammad is 26 years old and was left paralyzed 22 years ago after contracting polio.  He had not been vaccinated against it.
Mohammad called on the people and families to get their children vaccinated.
“When I was in Pakistan as a migrant and the government could not distribute vaccines to all migrants and I did not receive the vaccine and I become paralyzed and now I ask the parents to save their children’s life by giving them the vaccine,” Mohammad said.
Polio is a non-curable disease that can only be prevented through the vaccine.
The Ministry of Public Health says Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries where the disease has not been eradicated so far.
At the same time the polio campaign also started in Zabul province.  Local officials said that during their five day campaign about 150,000 children under five years old will be vaccinated.
 

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative, new mothers in Mir Bacha Kot district in Kabul have been receiving a tool to plan their pregnancy and protect their newborn babies an all in one maternal and child health homebased handbook.
This comes after the Ministry of Public Health agreed to allow the program to be carried out across the country.
“The maternal and child health handbook was very well accepted by providers and families during the pilot phase.  The Ministry has approved to scale up this project nationwide.  JICA and UNICEF have allocated US$ 10 million for gradual implementation during the next 4 years,” said Dr Paata Chikvaidze, WHO’s Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health medical officer in Afghanistan.
“As one of the key stakeholders, WHO has played and will continue to play an important role in providing full technical support to monitoring and evaluation of the scale up implementation.  We were thrilled to have been able to introduce this handbook to Afghanistan, it is definitely a cost effective and efficient way to promote maternal and child health in the country.”
Morethan10, 000 of these handbooks have been distributed since being introduced in Mir Bacha Kot districted June 2017 as part of a pilot phase.
In 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, with the support of WHO, developed the first prototype of the handbooks.  With funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Public Health, WHO, UNICEF and partners worked together and tested it in two districts (Kama in Nangarhar and Mir Bacha Kot in Kabul provinces) for one year during June 2017 and June 2018.
The handbook is designed as a collection of evidence based essential health information to give pregnant women a way to keep track of their health situation and records and those of their babies.  It can be used to monitor the health and growth of both mother and child before and after pregnancy, and even early childhood development.
The handbook aims to improve linkage between health care providers, women, families and communities and it provides space for trained service providers and community health workers to record the health and growth conditions of mothers and infants including a log for records of vaccinations, which serve as de facto birth certificates.
They also provide information for mothers about pregnancy, delivery, parenting and birth spacing.
These handbooks were well received by both health care providers and mothers, and the retention rate of these handbooks in the pilot area was 99.5% among families.
According to 2018 United Nations estimates, Afghanistan has witnessed about a 50 percent reduction in maternal deaths between 1990 and 2017.
Child mortality has decreased by 62 percent.  Despite these achievements, Afghan mothers’ and children’s mortality remains among the highest in the region.  The introduction of the handbook is vital at this time and will play a role in reduction of maternal and newborn deaths in Afghanistan.
 

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