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25 Afghans dead due to cholera in Afghanistan in five months: WHO

The WHO’s list of countries with the highest cholera incidence shows that Afghanistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported the most cases.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that from January 1 to May 26, Afghanistan recorded 46,758 cases of cholera, marking a 54 percent increase in the monthly number of cases.

During this period, 25 people died from the disease.

The WHO report indicates a cholera incidence rate of 143 cases per 100,000 people in Afghanistan.

The report also highlights that the Eastern Mediterranean region has seen the highest number of cholera cases.

The disease has also been observed in Africa, the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

According to the WHO, stocks of oral cholera vaccines are depleted. Sixteen countries have requested 92 million doses of the vaccine from January to June this year, nearly double the amount produced during the same period last year.

The WHO’s list of countries with the highest cholera incidence shows that Afghanistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported the most cases.

The organization attributes the spread of cholera to factors such as population growth, natural disasters, and climate change.

The WHO emphasizes the need for coordinated international responses to combat the disease effectively.

 

 

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Polio vaccination campaign launched across 23 provinces in Afghanistan

According to Amarkhel, this polio vaccination campaign will run from July 8 to 11, and millions of children will be protected against the polio virus through vaccination.

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The Ministry of Public Health says a polio vaccination campaign started in 23 provinces in Afghanistan on Monday.

Sharafat Zaman Amarkhel, the spokesperson of the ministry, said nearly eight million children under the age of five will be vaccinated during this round.

According to Amarkhel, this polio vaccination campaign will run from July 8 to 11, and millions of children will be protected against the polio virus through vaccination.

“The Ministry of Public Health wants ethnic elders, religious scholars, professors to cooperate with vaccinators so that we can eradicate polio in Afghanistan,” said Amarkhel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also said that this vaccination campaign will start on Monday in different provinces of Afghanistan.

The organization has asked all citizens, especially parents, to “do their part for a polio-free Afghanistan”.

The previous round of the national polio vaccination campaign was carried out last month in cooperation with international organizations throughout Afghanistan and this campaign continued for four days, during which, according to the Ministry of Public Health, more than 11.2 million children received the vaccination.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are two countries in the world where the polio virus still kills children.

The ministry’s statistics show that in 2023, six positive cases of polio were recorded in eastern Afghanistan, which, according to officials, was due to the return of Afghan immigrants from Pakistan.

 

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Cases of malaria, cholera and dengue fever on the rise in Nangarhar

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Nangarhar Infectious Diseases Hospital officials say the number of cases of malaria, cholera and dengue fever has increased in the province due to the warmer weather conditions.

No details on the actual numbers were given but hospital officials said they have treated about 20,000 patients in total over the past three months.

A registered “12,609 patients underwent laboratory examinations; 608 patients had ultrasound tests and 737 had X-rays,” said Abdul Shukoor Azimi, head of Nangarhar Infectious Disease Hospital.

Meanwhile, the patients who were treated at this hospital expressed their satisfaction with the treatment by doctors and the treatment process.

“I was very sick, I came to this hospital and was treated very well. I am very happy with this hospital and its staff,” said a Nangarhar resident.

The officials also stated that the death rate at this hospital is low and health services are provided free of charge.

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World Blood Donor Day: Over 670,000 units of blood donated in past year

Marking World Blood Donor Day in Kabul on Thursday, health officials said that in 1402 solar year, 150,000 men and 8,000 women donated blood.

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Officials from the Ministry of Public Health say they have collected more than 670,000 units of blood from across the country in the past year.

Marking World Blood Donor Day in Kabul on Thursday, health officials said that in 1402 solar year, 150,000 men and 8,000 women donated blood.

“Fortunately, the employees of the Ministry of Public Health have been able to increase the number of blood donors,” said Abdul Wali Haqqani, Deputy Minister of Public Health.

Meanwhile, officials at the central blood bank stated that they distribute safe, disease-free blood to patients in accordance with international norms.

“In the past year, 677,000 units of blood have been collected,” said Saifur Rahman Pashton, head of the Central Blood Bank.

In addition, a number of participants in this program donated blood in a bid to encourage people to do the same.

“We donate this blood for the needy who have thalassemia and cancer diseases,” said one blood donor.

Every year, the ministry marks this day to promote the culture of donating blood by spreading awareness.


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