Officials in the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday announced that in the last two years, more than 32,000 people visited health facilities for cancer.
They made the remarks at a ceremony in Kabul to mark World Cancer Day.
According to officials, there are only four cancer treatment and diagnosis centers in Kabul, and the ministry plans to establish four more centers.
In the event, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Afghanistan, Dr Luo Dapengthe, stated that there were an estimated 20 million new cancer cases in 2022, and the number is predicted to increase by 77 percent by 2050.
Every year on the occasion of World Cancer Day, events aimed at increasing people’s awareness about the disease is held in the country.
Ebad discusses healthcare with UN agency
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.
Women’s healthcare requires 75 percent female workers: Ebad
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.
WHO: Nearly 400 people died last month due to acute respiratory disease in Afghanistan
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that in the last two weeks, 84,000 cases of acute respiratory diseases have been registered in Afghanistan.
Between January 1 to 27, 160,756 cases of acute respiratory infection were registered in Afghanistan, of which 383 people died due to the disease across 34 provinces.
The World Health Organization published a report saying that acute respiratory infections have increased in Afghanistan in the last two weeks, and this is a worrying issue.
“From January 1st to the 27th of this month, 160,756 cases of acute respiratory infection were registered in Afghanistan, of which 383 people died due to this disease in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
“Also, 62.9 percent of these patients are children under the age of five, and a total of 49.3 percent of patients are women and girls,” WHO said.
The Ministry of Public Health also says the rate of respiratory diseases is increasing, and in the first month of the year, 1.88 million people visited government health centers due to respiratory problems, most of which were children under five.
Sharafat Zaman, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Health, adds that eight million people have suffered from respiratory diseases this solar year.
However, some people suffering from respiratory diseases say that the cold coupled with air pollution resulted in them falling ill.
At the same time, the Political Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a meeting with the General Director of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), requested the continuation of aid from this organization for Afghanistan.
In this meeting, Philip Ribeiro, the head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said this organization provided health services to about 700,000 people in Afghanistan in 1402 solar year.
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