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Government announces curfew in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: March 27, 2020)

The government announced to impose a three-week-long curfew in the capital Kabul on Friday, effective from Saturday aimed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

To prevent the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all administrations, schools, universities, educational centers, public baths, parks, swimming pools, wedding halls, markets, and other public sites, except for the Ministry of Health and security apparatus, will remain closed for at least three weeks.

In addition, the government banned wedding parties, mourning ceremonies and public transports.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani said, based on needs, all schools and Darulaman Palace could be used as emergency health centers for isolation of the infected.

According to the plan, entities providing health services, security services, grocery stores, restaurants providing delivery services and parts of the Kabul municipality can continue their activities.

“The Ministry of Public Health had suggested the emergency committee to impose restrictions on movements. This has been approved by the government and would be effective from tomorrow,” Feruzuddin Feruz, the Public Health Minister said in a briefing conference.

The Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said Kabul police would implement the plan, warning people to abide by the curfew rules during the period.

Following the western Herat, Nimroz and Farah provinces, Kabul is the fourth province put into partial quarantine.

It comes as the total number of positive cases in Afghanistan has hiked to 91 with four confirmed deaths.

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Over 286,000 afflicted with respiratory diseases since winter across Afghanistan: WHO

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(Last Updated On: February 24, 2024)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that since the beginning of 2024, more than 286,000 individuals have been afflicted with respiratory diseases across Afghanistan, among whom 668 have lost their lives.

On Saturday, the organization reported hundreds of deaths and infections due to respiratory illnesses across the country, coinciding with the onset of winter.

According to WHO, the increase in the number of individuals afflicted with respiratory diseases is due to cold weather conditions, affecting mostly children.

Based on the organization’s report, over 63 percent of the patients are children under five years old, with nearly 50 percent of them being women.

Earlier, WHO emphasized in a report that the average recorded statistics of respiratory illnesses in the country have increased compared to the same period in the years 2020 to 2022.

With the arrival of the cold season and increased air pollution, concerns regarding the spread of respiratory illnesses in the country have intensified.

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Ebad discusses healthcare with UN agency

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(Last Updated On: February 14, 2024)

Acting health minister Qalandar Ebad, met Tuesday with the representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Afghanistan for discussions on bolstering the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

The meeting underscored collaborative efforts aimed at improving facilities, particularly through the refurbishment of health centers, enhancing mobile healthcare units, fostering greater coordination, providing technical assistance to health departments, and addressing other pertinent issues, a statement from the ministry read.

Ebad underscored the need for enhanced healthcare provision and the augmentation of public access to health services as being of paramount importance.

He expressed a steadfast commitment to elevating the caliber of health services in conjunction with health partners in the country.

Echoing the sentiments, the United Nations Population Fund representative reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to sustained collaboration in the healthcare domain.

Assuring ongoing support to the Ministry of Public Health, the representative pledged continued cooperation while acknowledging the prevailing constraints and opportunities.

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Women’s healthcare requires 75 percent female workers: Ebad

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(Last Updated On: February 9, 2024)

Acting Minister of Public Health Qalandar Ebad has said that the country’s health sector needs 75 percent female workers to provide health services to women.

Speaking in a debate program on Ariana News, Ebad said that the health sector has made progress but it is still facing some challenges.

According to him, after the political change in Afghanistan, access to health services has increased, but in provision of quality services, Afghanistan’s health sector is facing a shortage of female health workers, specialized medics, new technological equipment and medicines.

“I have said in many occasions that we need 75 percent presence of female workers for women’s healthcare. That means, if 75 percent of our sisters are not present in this area, we may not be able to reach the target,” Ebad said.

He also stated that there are about 70 specialty hospitals and 11,000 beds across the country, but 45,000 beds are needed to access standard health services.

According to him, the pharmaceutical industry in the country is very weak and only about three percent of the needed medicines are produced domestically.

Ebad admitted that there are problems in the field of cancer treatment. He said that Afghanistan needs international license for radiotherapy.

A large number of Afghans travel to other countries, especially to Pakistan and India, for the purpose of treating their patients, with expenses reaching millions of dollars.

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