Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health has reported a significant reduction in malaria cases in the country as a result of the “successful implementation” of its national programme to control and prevent the disease.
Afghan health officials warn the number of people with hypertension or high blood pressure is on the rise in Afghanistan, based on the statistics from government hospitals and clinics.
According to the Ministry of Public Health website, half of the children under five-years of age suffer from mineral deficiency, as well as 70 per cent of women suffer from iron deficiency.
Afghanistan is one of a handful of countries where the crippling and potentially fatal disease of polio is still present. Health authorities in Afghanistan however, are taking all the measures in stopping the disease. The disease affects mainly children under the age of five.
The government has launched a polio vaccination campaign in 14 border provinces that will reach nearly 4 million children, public health officials said on Sunday.
As the Afghan security forces continue to expand the rule of law and provide security across the country, the help of the people of Afghanistan is increasing.