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New 20-bed hospital inaugurated in Mazar-e-Sharif

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(Last Updated On: January 15, 2024)

A new 20-bed hospital, overseen by the 209th Army Corps in Mazar-e-Sharif city, in northern Balkh province, has been officially inaugurated.

According to a statement, this hospital named Omar Hospital includes gynecology, obstetrics and pediatric departments and is equipped with a laboratory and ultrasound equipment.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mohammad Taher Ahrar, the army’s medical commander, thanked the leadership and doctors of the 100-bed field hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif for their help.

He also provided detailed information about the achievements in the military health department and equipping of military hospitals with modern medical equipment and creating facilities for the doctors.

He also assured doctors of continued support.

Officials of 209th Army Corps and hospital officials appreciated the constant attention of the Ministry of National Defense in the timely supply of medicines and medical equipment, adding that they will continue to provide health services.

Last year, a similar hospital under the name of Omar was inaugurated in Kandahar province.

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Over 1 million women in Afghanistan malnourished last year: WFP

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(Last Updated On: March 29, 2024)

A total of 1.2 million women in Afghanistan were malnourished last year, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.

Mona Shaikh, head of nutrition at WFP Afghanistan, said that the number of malnourished women is expected to increase this year.

On malnourished children, she said that their number will reach 3 million this year, but WFP will be able to assist only 1.6 million of them.

WFP warned that after foreign assistance cuts last year, it saw a rise in children’s admissions to malnutrition clinics in Afghanistan.

More than 23 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan this year, according to the United Nations. Over half of them are children.

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Public Health minister meets with head of the UN refugees agency

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(Last Updated On: March 22, 2024)

Dr. Qalandar Ebad, the Minister of Public Health met with Leonard Zulu, the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, on Thursday in Kabul to discuss issues facing the health sector in the country.

Among the issues discussed was that of the establishment of new health centers for returnees in the country.

Ebad said the provision of better health services for compatriots and returnees was one of his priorities and requested the cooperation of this organization in this field.

Leonard Zulu assured Ebad of the organization’s continued cooperation.

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Ebad addresses gathering of health sector supporting organizations in Doha

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(Last Updated On: February 29, 2024)

The Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Qalandar Ebad on Thursday attended a meeting of health sector-supporting organizations in Doha, Qatar and spoke about the need to focus on certain areas of healthcare in the country.

In his speech, Ebad spoke of work needed to reform the health system, joint supervision, self-sufficiency of the health sector, standardization of health services at village and district level and provision of all-round health services.

He asked international colleagues in the field of health to work more on reducing administrative costs and delivering aid in a proper and correct manner.

Ebad said that if excessive administrative expenses are prevented, it will have a positive effect on the expenses in the field of health services.

He also emphasized that the release of the country’s frozen assets would be beneficial for the health sector especially for mothers and children.

It is a big and positive step for the independence of Afghanistan’s health system, development and standardization of health services, which should be taken by the international community, he said.

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