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Tuberculosis kills thousands every year in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: March 29, 2016)

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Tuberculosis kills more than 14,000 people yearly in Afghanistan that 65 percent of this figure are women,  chairman of “Stop Tuberculosis” board said.

“Tuberculosis is a poverty disease and this figure is in a high record in poor countries, ” said Sima Samar, chairman of “Stop Tuberculosis” board.

Earlier, the Ministry of Public Health has announced that according to the World Health Organization, Afghanistan is one of 22 countries that has highest rate of TB in eastern Mediterranean.

The health ministry says that around 37,000 TB cases have been registered in the year 2015.

Tuberculosis is about to overtake HIV and AIDS as the leading cause of death worldwide from infectious diseases.

In the meantime, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially transferred two new hospitals in Paktiya and Paktika provinces to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which will contribute significantly to better access to healthcare for Afghans living in the region.

The two facilities – a 100-bed hospital in Gardez, Paktiya Province and a 20-bed hospital in Zarghun Shar (also known as Khayr Kot) District of Paktika Province – were built by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Afghanistan, with funding from USAID.

During a ceremony in Kabul, Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz accepted the transfer of the hospitals and stressed Afghan government’s commitment to maintaining them.

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