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Bayat Group launches aggressive public health campaign – Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: April 15, 2020)

The Bayat Group has launched an aggressive public health campaign – Stop The Virus (STV) – aimed to help Afghanistan to fight the novel Coronavirus.

The Bayat Group, one of Afghanistan’s largest private companies, and its two largest operating entities – Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), Ariana Television and Radio (ATN) – and Bayat Foundation have launched the nationwide public health initiative, which is disinfecting the cities and providing Afghans with essential information on how to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19.

In a statement released on Tuesday, April 14, the Bayat Group said that it launched the campaign in March in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

According to the statement the Bayat Group has also initiated public disinfection activities in many districts and public health facilities in Kabul and Kandahar in early April.

“COVID-19 is Afghanistan’s most serious health challenge in decades — and we’re determined to do everything possible to stop this virus from infecting more Afghans,” said Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group.

The organization has planned to expand the campaign throughout Afghanistan including in Herat, Nangahar, Balkh, Kandahar, and Kunduz Provinces.

“Working in partnership with The Afghan Ministry of Public Health, we’re expanding our Stop The Virus public health and education campaign throughout Afghanistan,” Dr. Bayat added.

“The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation will never relent in our long-term efforts to expand Afghanistan’s network of hospitals and medical clinics,” Dr. Bayat noted.

The Bayat Group’s leadership, and AWCC’s and ATN’s multi-faceted program to stop the spread of COVID-19, has been eagerly welcomed by H.E. Dawood Sultanzoy, the Mayor of Kabul City, together with many other public officials throughout Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Bayat Group and AWCC also distributed information about how to Stop The Virus to millions of Afghans, via the AWCC and ATN websites, Facebook, Twitter and SMS messages to AWCC’s 5,000,000 subscribers and ATN’s social media followers. This messaging — which was also made available in informational brochures as well as via regular television and radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) — contained simple, easily-implemented recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Frequent hand washing, with soap and water
  • Avoidance of close contact with others, by staying home as much as possible and keeping at least six feet apart from people (Social Distancing)
  • Wearing masks or other face coverings when in the presence of others
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces often

The STV is a powerful and compassionate example of The Bayat Group’s commitment to protect the health of Afghans.

 

“This is just another step in our journey to help give all Afghans to have access to healthcare that keeps them strong, healthy and able to build better lives.”

Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat underscored.

 

 

It comes as 70 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Afghanistan – Kabul 31, Herat 22, Kandahar 3, Ghazni 3, Maidan Wardak 2, Kunar 2, Nangarhar 2, Nimruz 2, Faryab1, Urozgan 1 and Baghlan 1 – bringing the total affected to 784 with 25 deaths and 40 recoveries, the Ministry of Public Health confirms.

Since 2006, The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation, Afghanistan’s largest charitable Foundation, have completed 500 projects to improve the health of Afghans, including the construction of fourteen hospitals that have provided life-saving medical treatment to 3,000,000 people.

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World Cancer Day: Early detection remains crucial

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(Last Updated On: February 4, 2023)

Among the leading causes of death worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 9.6 million people lost their lives to cancer in 2018.

Cancer is a group of diseases that attack any organ or tissue in the body. Eventually, the abnormal cells invade adjoining body parts, invading more cancer cells. Without early detection, it can also result in the loss of human life.

The burden of this disease grows continuously; individuals feel the pressure on a physical, emotional and financial level, Longevity reported.

Each year, World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 around the world to increase awareness of cancer-related issues.

The multi-year theme for World Cancer Day 2022-2024 is “Close the Care Gap and it focuses more on exposure, engagement and opportunities to meet global awareness of Cancer Day.

Meanwhile, nearly half of cancers worldwide can be traced back to a known risk factor, primarily tobacco or alcohol, a huge global study found on Friday, which said that behavioral changes can help reduce the threat of disease.

The study—published in The Lancet and conducted as part of a vast research program funded by the Bill Gates Foundation—concluded that 44.4 percent of cancer deaths worldwide were attributable to a known risk factor, AFP reported.

The Global Burden of Disease Study is a comprehensive regional and global research program involving thousands of researchers from most countries across the world.

The study analyzed the impact of 34 risk factors and confirmed what is already widely known—that tobacco is by far the biggest contributory factor to cancer, accounting for 33.9 percent of cases, followed by alcohol with 7.4 percent.

More than half of all male cancer deaths were attributable to such risk factors, and over a third of female deaths, the study found.

And since “the leading risk factors contributing to global cancer burden in 2019 were behavioral… reducing exposure to these modifiable risk factors would decrease cancer mortality” worldwide, the study concluded.

That also meant greater emphasis should be placed on prevention, the study found.

However, around half of cancers are not attributable to a known risk factor, meaning early diagnosis and effective treatments must accompany efforts to raise prevention efforts, the study found.

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Malawi cholera outbreak death toll rises above 1,000

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Malawi’s cholera outbreak has claimed more than 1,000 lives, according to the country’s health minister, who warned that some cultural beliefs and hostility toward health workers were slowing efforts to curb infections, AP reported.

Cholera had killed 1,002 people as of Tuesday, while 1,115 people were hospitalized from the outbreak that started in March 2022, Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said. It’s the country’s worst outbreak of the waterborne illness in two decades.

The country of 20 million people recorded 12 deaths from 626 new cases in 24 hours, she said.

Frustration and suspicion over the rising cases resulted in weekend violence. Angry villagers beat up health workers and damaged a facility at the Nandumbo Health Centre in the Southern Region’s Balaka district.

Residents accused health workers of denying them an opportunity to conduct dignified burials. They forced some health workers to vacate the facility, stoned a cholera isolation ward and forced the discharge of 22 cholera patients.

Esnath Suwedi, vice-chairperson of the Nandumbo area’s development committee, a traditional local authority, said people thought the health workers were acting “mysteriously.”

Suwedi said residents alleged the workers were using contaminated syringes to inject people. The Balaka district is one of the worst affected areas, recording 46 deaths from 1,450 cases in the outbreak.

Cultural burial rites are also becoming a source of contention, Chiponda, the health minister, said during a daily briefing Tuesday.

“For example, people who are dying of or who have died from cholera may be washed by family members, who then prepare funeral feasts for family and friends held very soon after death. Outbreaks of cholera commonly follow these feasts,” the minister said.

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Bill Gates warns countries around the world need to prepare for next pandemic

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Bill Gates has a clear message for the world: get ready for the next pandemic.

The Microsoft co-founder told the Lowy Institute think tank in Sydney that politicians need to be able to set aside their differences in order to prepare for the next major virus.

But, despite his warnings, Gates praised Australia’s policies that kept the coronavirus from spreading while the world waited for a vaccine.

“Some of the things that stand out are that Australia and about seven other countries did population-scale diagnostics early on and had quarantine policies…that meant you kept the level of infection low in that first year when there were no vaccines,” he tech billionaire turned philanthropist said.

“The one thing that still hangs in the balance is will we have the global capacity and at the regional and country levels that would mean that when an [infectious disease] threat comes up we act in such a way that it doesn’t go global.”

He then went on to stress that leaders need to be revisiting their pandemic policies every few years to ensure they are as prepared as possible in the event of a mass-scale virus, infection, or disease.

“We need to be doing every five years a comprehensive exercise at both country and regional levels of pandemic preparedness and you need a global group that’s scoring everybody,” he said.

He likened the exercise to workplace fire drills to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

“That’s definitely a best practice in the future,” Gates said.

Speaking of America, Gates slammed Donald Trump’s Covid-19 policies in the US during his tenure as President, stating that America’s failure to quarantine en masse and scale up diagnostics for the virus was precisely why the nation recorded a staggering 1.1 million deaths.

Gates is currently visiting Australia with members of his Breakthrough Energy company.

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