NEAPPE centre being set up, says public health minister
The minister of public health said the construction of a building for the centre would cost $2.6 million and would take three months to complete.
Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz told a ceremony in Kabul the center would be responsible for coordination and national solidarity on the issue of dealing on an emergency basis with polio cases.
The center would initially address emergency cases of polio and would forge coordinationon other diseases later on, he said. Construction of the NEAPPE building will be financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
He added the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was among key health donors, particularly child and mother health. It is the first time the foundation is assisting in building infrastructure in Afghanistan.
The construction of the four-storey building would be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Service(UNOPS) and the MoPH would supervise it, the minister explained.
Feroz said six positive cases of polio were registered in the beginning of the current year in Afghanistan. Four cases were recorded in Kunar, one in Helmand and another in Kandahar.
Twenty-eight cases of polio were registered last year.The poliovirus exists only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but efforts are underway to eliminate it until the end of the current year, according to the minister.
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