26 February 2020

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has reopened its border with Iran, a day after closing it over fears of spread of coronavirus, Afghanistan's National Security Council said.
In a statement, NSC said that a committee formed to prevent coronavirus had decided that control measures should be put in place on Afghanistan-Iran border to allow passenger movement.
It also said that passengers who are coming from coronavirus hotspots and who are subject to quarantine should immediately be quarantined. At least 12 people have died, and scores infected with the coronavirus in Iran as of Monday.
On Monday, Afghanistan confirmed first case of coronavirus in the country. The patient, a 35-yaar-old man, had returned from Iran’s Qom city. But, the public health minister Ferozuddin Feroz on Tuesday said seven more suspected cases of coronavirus were reported in the western province of Herat which shares borders with Iran. Meanwhile on Monday, the minister during a press conference in Kabul confirmed the first coronavirus case in the province.
“Two of the cases were negative but one was positive,” said Feroz, adding that “preparations already took place” to respond to the coronavirus.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Officials in Afghanistan said Monday a patient who recently visited neighboring Iran has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation in a hospital in the western border province of Herat.
The revelation comes as the outbreak of the disease, known as COVID-19, has killed at least 12 people in Iran and infected dozens more since last Wednesday when the country reported its first case
Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, told reporters in Kabul a state of emergency has been declared in Herat in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. "I ask people to try to stay at home and restrict their movements,” he said.
The Afghan government on Saturday suspended all air and ground travel to and from Iran, hours after authorities in the border province detected three suspected coronavirus cases.  It also halted the import of Iranian poultry products, mainly chicken and eggs.
Minister Feroz said one of the three cases had been confirmed. The three Afghans had returned from the Iranian holy city of Qom, the center of the outbreak.
Critics fear a coronavirus outbreak could pose a serious challenge for authorities in Afghanistan, where years of war and corruption have turned an already poor healthcare system, to which many Afghans have limited or no access, into one of the world’s worst.
The turmoil-hit country lacks quarantine facilities and protocols, trained health care personnel and medical supplies.
Iranian fatalities are the largest number of reported coronavirus-linked deaths outside China, where the disease was first detected in late December. 
Tehran announced on Saturday a weeklong closing of schools, universities and cultural centers across 14 Iranian provinces in an effort to curb the coronavirus.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Farah (BNA) Work on the new phase of fight against polio started in Farah yesterday.
Abdul Jabar Shyeq head of Farah public health told BNA correspondent, the polio vaccine implementation program will be implemented in all districts of Farah, with 1,000 vaccinators assigned to implement it.
The campaign will continue until polio is eradicated from the country.
T. Yarzada

Monday February 24, 2020
Herat (BNA) The second round of polio vaccination campaign began in Herat.
Dr. Ghulam Daud Hashimi deputy governor of Herat considering the polio vaccine important said, today’s children are the future makers of the country, so it is the responsibility of civilians, military and opposition to work closely with polio vaccine staffs and protect the lives of children against the disease.
Dr. Mohammad Asef Kabir deputy director of Herat public health announced from implementing of the campaign said, polio eradication campaign will be implemented in all districts of Herat, Badghis and Farah that a total of 654,000 children under the age of five will get the polio vaccine, and 5,000 health workers are responsible for adapting and monitoring the process.
The process will continue till Friday.
T. Yarzada

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