People’s Need To Overseas Treatment Should Be Reduced: President Ghani

In a meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz presented the ministry’s 2017-2022 plans, a presidential statement said on Thursday.
According to Minister Feroz, the plan aims to bring coordination and effectiveness in aids to health sector, responsive and durable healthcare system, increasing emergency health centers, fighting corruption and controlling the quality of medicines. Many key health indicators have improved more rapidly in Afghanistan than in most other countries that had started at a similar level of development, the World Bank (WB) official said. World Bank healthcare in charge, Benjamin, lauded the activities of Healthcare contractors, adding health services have been extended to remote areas and even that of the insecure places.
“The progress made in Afghanistan is impressive, especially given the serious security situation the country has faced over the last decade,” he added. Addressing the summit, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized that “modality of service delivery in partnership with NGOs that has significant progress on many fronts and proved remarkably resilient in the face of operational and security-related challenges. “With support from development partners, we have come a long way in improving the health conditions of millions of Afghans,” the president said, stressing the importance of communicating these results not only within Afghan society, but also, more importantly, to a wider audience around the globe. Pointing to low quality medicines in the country, the president said government was seeking ways to bring quality medicines through Afghanistan-India air corridor.
Hinting to importance of inter-ministerial cooperation in health sector, the president said there are many individuals that with no medical license offering medicines, asking the line ministries to coordinate with each other and prevent such activities of individuals. The president also emphasized on continued monitoring of the state-run hospitals’ activities, medicines and the foods. He also added that by improving the healthcare systems, the need to treatment in foreign countries should be declined.

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