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Government’s recklessness speeding up COVID-19 outbreak

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(Last Updated On: April 8, 2020)

Some members of parliament say that the Coronavirus test-taking has been facing challenges in Herat and that most of the provinces have not received the protection and testing kits for the virus.

The increase in the spread of the deadly COVID-19 has concerned the Afghan parliament. It blames the government for the inability to fight the pandemic. It warns that if the government had taken the quarantine at the borders seriously, the virus would not have spread much.

Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, Herat MP, says: “The number of the infected goes higher every day. If the government had applied the quarantine at the borders, the virus would not have transmitted to other provinces. There are still patients in Herat who have not been tested yet.”

Nahid Farid, Herat MP, says, “Herat has been facing lack of testing kits. Recently, no tests have been conducted there. Unfortunately, deaths of the infected have been to 50%. The government only wants us to vote – it doesn’t care for real.”

Farid Bikzad, Badghis MP, says, “There are no facilities to fight the Coronavirus in Badghis, although there are people there who have recently returned from Iran.”

In the meantime, Mir Rahman Rahmani, head of the parliament, says, “The ministry of health should equally reach out to all provinces and provide medical aid for the people to stay immune against the Coronavirus.”

Members of the Afghan parliament underline that if politics are involved in the fight against the COVID-19, to control the virus in Afghanistan will be very difficult – more and more people will be exposed to the pandemic.

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Nationwide polio vaccination campaign kicks off across Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 29, 2024)

Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at protecting around 10.72 million children under the age of 5, the Health Ministry announced.

The four-day campaign will cover 31 of the country’s 34 provinces.

Vaccinations in Ghor, Daikundi and Bamiyan provinces will be implemented later due to recent rains and cold weather, the ministry said in a statement.

“Together with our partners, we are committed to eradicating polio from Afghanistan,” said Dr Qalandar Ebad, the acting minister of public health.

“We will work tirelessly and continue polio vaccination campaigns and complementary health services until we reach the goal of fully eradicating polio.”

The ministry urged religious scholars and local elders to cooperate with vaccine providers to fight polio, a debilitating disease that can lead to paralysis and death.

In December, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the repatriation of migrants from neighboring Pakistan has increased the risk of spreading the virus. Since then, Afghanistan has conducted at least three rounds of nationwide vaccinations.

Vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan often face challenges due to conspiracy theories that polio vaccines cause infertility or that vaccinators are spies.

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Azerbaijan urged to help improve capacity of Afghan health workers

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(Last Updated On: April 22, 2024)

Acting Minister of Public Health Qalandar Ebad, in a meeting with Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Ilham Mohammadov, called for the country’s assistance in improving the capacity of Afghanistan’s health workers.

The two sides also discussed cooperation in the health sector, capacity building of Afghan health workers, and Azerbaijan’s role in the health sector and other issues, according to a statement released by the Public Health Ministry.

Azerbaijan’s envoy said that his country seeks to cooperate with Afghanistan in a sustainable manner in the field of health.

In other news, the foundation stone for the construction of oxygen production facility was laid at the Indira Gandhi children hospital in Kabul.

Officials of the Ministry of Public Health said that the facility will be built with the financial and technical assistance of the World Health Organization, and with the capacity to produce 200 cylinders of oxygen daily to meet not only the needs of the hospital, but also other health facilities.

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Balkh health officials report sharp increase in number of cancer patients

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(Last Updated On: April 18, 2024)

Balkh Public Health Department officials say there has been a significant increase in the number of patients with cancer in the province.

“In 1401, about 2,613 OPD (out patient department) cases were registered with us. In 1402, these figures were 4,912 cases,” said Ehsanullah Kaliwal, the head of the oncology department at Balkh Regional Hospital.

Some doctors say genetic factors, environmental pollution, arbitrary use of medicines, and excessive consumption of meat were reasons for the sharp increase.

One doctor said cancer was also hereditry.

However, a large percentage of cancer patients in Balkh have stomach cancer. Many of them have appealed for the government to improve treatment facilities.

According to health officials, in the first month of this solar year (April), 423 cancer patients visited this hospital for treatment.

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