Kandahar urges WHO to expand health services
The call came during a meeting of local officials with Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative for Afghanistan, in Kandahar City, the provincial capital.
Acting Governor Dr. Weesa Toryalai, Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Qayyum Pukhla and other officials participated in the meeting. Pukhla said remote areas in the province were still deprived of health services.
The government did not have enough funds to pay salaries to health professionals and send them to far-flung districts, he argued, asking the WHO for assistance.
Pukhla also called for the WHO to conduct community public awareness programmes about the prevention of polio.
Weesa also stressed the need for public awareness about polio and said the disease could be eradicated when the distance between mosque and schools was bridged.
Weesa asked health organizations to pay attention to people’s needs and coordinate with the provincial administration in implementing their programmes.
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