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Afghan Delegation Leaves for Iran to Participate in 5G Summit

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Fidel Rahmati
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A delegation led by Dr Qalandar Ebad, acting minister of public health, has left for Iran to attend a G5 summit.

Acting Public Health Minister Dr Qalandar Ebad, Deputy Minister of Finance Mawlavi Mohammad Ishaq Sahibzada, and a few other officials travelled to Iran to attend the G5 conference, according to a statement from the Public Health Ministry.

According to the ministry, the delegation will discuss cooperation in the health sector at the summit.

Currently, the health situation in the country is a matter of concern and lack of medical equipment, human capacity, vaccines and financial issues.

According to the recent World Health Organization report of emergency health service, over 828,000 acute respiratory infections (ARI) were newly reported.

Since October 2022, of the total 4,353,661 ARI cases reported, representing 13.3% of the total population of Afghanistan, 45.1% have afflicted children under five years of age. In addition, ARI cases have increased since 2022 compared to the average of the previous three years. 

The report estimated that 17 % of adults experienced mild to moderate psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

The document stated that February was a prolific month in providing health services to the Afghan people. 

The organization said that it committed in 2023 to reach its target and continue to provide healthcare services to the people of Afghanistan. 

“With the target for 2023 of 15.6 million people, WHO, with its partners, has continued to build up the effort to ensure access to essential healthcare services throughout the country, including remote and hard-to-reach areas,” the report read. 

“By the end of February, WHO established 185 primary healthcare facilities in underserved/white areas across 26 provinces, in which over 220,000 people received services. In addition, WHO distributed more than 2800 cubic meters (CBM) of medical and non-medical supplies to the partners in response to ongoing health emergencies,” the report stated. 

According to the report in February, over 828,000 acute respiratory infections (ARI) were newly reported. Since October 2022, of the total 4,353,661 ARI cases reported, representing 13.3% of the total population of Afghanistan, 45.1% have afflicted children under five years of age. In addition, ARI cases have increased since 2022 compared to the average of the previous three years. 

The report estimated that 17 % of adults experienced mild to moderate psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

However, more than 200 trauma centres will close, leaving more than 250,000 people without access to trauma care. Over 3.5 million individuals won’t have access to lifesaving care, and more than 400 mobile health teams will stop operating. 

There will be no safe deliveries, postpartum care, or antenatal care for more than 290,000 pregnant women. The report stated that this would restrict the 1.5 million reproductive-age women’s access to reproductive health treatments in Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban took over the country, they introduced harsh suppressive policies against women. As a result, the restrictions have created obstacles for the International organization to provide healthcare services in the country, particularly in remote areas. 

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