40% of Afghan population lacks access to health services

Despite millions of dollars being invested by the international community in Afghanistan for the improvement of health conditions, half of the population of Afghanistan still have limited or no access to health services.

Firozuddin Firoz the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday said that 40 percent of people in the country has “no access” to health services.

He added that the construction of 206 health centers in 13 provinces will be started from today.

But he expressed his concerns regarding low budget allocation for the health sector.

“Last year, we had a budget of $255 million and we spent 88 percent of the budget. But this year, our budget is decreased to $150 million,” Minister Firoz said.

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CEO Calls Nuristan A Deprived Province; Promises Major Projects

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah who visited Nuristan on Tuesday said the province is one of the most disadvantaged parts of the country, and that fundamental projects should be implemented there.

He also promised Nuristan residents that their problems would be addressed by the National Unity Government.

“We will discuss serious security issues related to Nuristan and then we will decide about it at the National Security Council. I promise you that all the suggestions that come to us, I will support them at the ministers, government and cabinet level,” said Abdullah.

Acting governor of Nuristan, Hafiz Abdul Qayyum, said the work done under the NUG in Nuristan is far more than during the previous government.

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