152 clinics to be equipped with modern tools
KABUL (PAN): As many as 152 healthcare centres will be equipped with modern tools to diagnose tuberculosis and malaria in 14 provinces of the country, the acting public health minister said on Thursday.
The equipment will be provided to clinics in Helmand, Laghman, Kandahar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Faryab, Badghis, Kunar, Herat, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Khost, Takhar and Balkh provinces.
Dr. Suraya Dalil told journalists in Kabul equipping the clinics would cost 118 million afghanis ($2.5 million), to be provided by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
She said 108 of 755 clinics nationwide had already been equipped. Last year, 400,000 cases of malaria were registered across the country, she said. This year, the ministry will distribute one million free mosquito nets to prevent the spread of the disease.
In 2009, more than 71,000 people were said to be infected with tuberculosis and malaria, but the number had been reduced to 50,000, the ministry spokesman, Ghulam Sakhi Kargar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
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