More than half million Afghani are lacking healthcare service…

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Abdullah Fahim, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, mentioned that more than 600,000 Afghans were lacking basic healthcare services. This was caused by the continuous attacks taking place on healthcare settings. The spokesman added that this number was doubled since 2007. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 32 destroyed health centers during 2007, that number slightly differed and reached 28 attacked healthcare settings in 2008. Fahim added that World Health Organization (WHO) and MoPH were urging fighting parties to stop attacking healthcare settings and to consider their neutrality. He said “We call on the Taliban to respect the neutrality of health services and stop attacking health workers and health centers as they are in the field just to help people in need of healthcare,” Sophia Craig, WHO health cluster coordinator for Afghanistan, commented on the situation saying “Frankly, there is no other country in the world really where this message is more important… The lives of health workers are put on the line every day when they try to deliver services,” WHO added that Afghanistan is showing very high maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. It is estimated that 2 women die every hour from obstetric complications as a result to the shortage of healthcare services. Moreover, reports mentioned that among 1,000 live births, at least 125 infants die, these numbers were recorded during ... Read more

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