Further improvement in Afghanistan’s Health System: TB lab opened and clinic to be constructed

Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) reported yesterday that the first-ever tuberculosis (TB) laboratory was opened in the western province of Herat. The laboratory has the capacity to diagnose patients from five different provinces – Herat, Nimroz, Badghis, Farah and Ghor. The lab is part of the Herat Zonal Hospital, which took three years to complete at a cost of one million US dollars. PAN reported that the funds were provided by the government of Italy.

Daoud Saba, the provincial governor of Herat province, told everyone in an inaugural ceremony for the lab that patients “would no longer need to go abroad for tests and treatment of the disease”.

TB is a preventable and treatable disease, but unfortunately, it is still a major public health issue in Afghanistan. The World Health Organization reported in 2010 that over 50,000 people tested positive for TB in Afghanistan. Hopefully, with the increase of labs such as the one that has been opened in Herat, more and more Afghans will be treated.

In other health news, Afghanistan’s Bakhtar News Agency reported today that a health clinic will be built in Zaranj city, located in Nimroz province.В  A foundation laying ceremony was held yesterday, according to the report. The clinic will be constructed on 200 square meters of land, and will be built at a cost of 1,700,000 afghanis (approximately $37,660).

March 4, 2011 В· admin В· One Comment
Posted in: Health News, Reconstruction and Development

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  1. Antony - March 7, 2011

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