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Special Care Center for coronavirus in Kabul



(Last Updated On: February 4, 2020)

On February 4th, 2020, the first special care center to fight coronavirus was established in Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in Kabul.

Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz says that the center offers 100 beds, and is dedicated to diagnose and cure coronavirus patients.

The minister adds that if need be, they will establish such centers, with a capacity of 150 beds, in other provinces too.

He says, “The special care center is meant for those infected and/or possibly exposed to the virus – they will be diagnosed and cured here, because moving patients around, adds to the possibility of the outbreak.”

Authorities in the hospital say that as of now, the outbreak of the coronavirus in Afghanistan is negative.

Mohammad Tahir Formuli, head of Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, says, “There is no problem in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. We have the required number of staff. In case, God forbid, the number of the infected exceeds, we can use auxiliary from the Infectious Diseases Hospital, whose personnel have also been trained in a relevant field.”

To date, the coronavirus has been spread to 27 countries, killing 426 people and leaving nearly 21,000 people infected.


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



(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



(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



(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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