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1700 children with congenital heart disease treated last year

1700 children with congenital heart disease treated last year

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May 08, 2019 - 17:08

KABULinfo-icon-HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon said on Wednesday around 1,700 children with congenital heart defects were treated last year and some 6,000 others awaited their treatment.

Husn Bano Ghazanfar, the society’s head, addressing a gathering marking the Worldinfo-icon Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8) and Hilal Ahmar Afghani Movement Day, here said about 16,000 children who suffered from heart diseases had been treated so far during the past one decade.

She said the Red Cross Society of China had been able to treat more than a hundred Afghan children with congenital heart diseases last year.

She said the Red Cross Society of China was committed to continuing cooperation with Afghanistaninfo-icon, particularly in treatment of children suffering from heart ailments.

She further sad the Chinese government was committed to providing treatment for 400 Afghan children suffering from heart problems and it was scheduled to send 150 such children to China this ongoing year.

Meanwhile, Nilab Mubaraz, an official of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, said they lacked enough resources to facilitate treatment of such a great number of child heart patients, however they were able to send 1,700 Afghan children with heart ailments aboard for treatment.

Haji Abdul Ghafoor, a resident of eastern Laghman province whose son has been suffering from a heart disease over the past three years, said: “I waited for two years to register my son for treatment abroad.”

He said it was a massive aid to families who could not afford their children treatment abroad.

However, he said he son would be sent abroad for another 20 days treatment and he had been asked to pay 80,000 afghanis as flight ticket. If he had such amount of cash, he might not have approached the Afghan Red Crescent Society, he lamented.

Mahran Sadaqat, spokesman of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, told Pajhwok that countries where Afghan children were treated only covered the expenses of patients not their attendants who should pay for their expenses themselves.

Meanwhile, officials of the Afghan Red Crescent Society regional office in western Herat province expressed concern over the increasing number of children suffering from heart ailments in the province

According them, around 112 children suffering from heart ailments have been treated last year.

Recently, the Red Cross Society of China on last Sunday promised to continue providing medical treatment to Afghan children suffering from heart diseases and equipping the hospital treating such children in Afghanistan.

Chen Zhu, head of the Red Cross Society of China, had told a press conference in Kabul that Afghanistan and China were friendly nations and it was a place of pleasure that the peoples of the two countries were interested in cooperating with each other in different fields.

He had said the Red Cross Society of China was committed to continuing cooperation with Afghanistan, particularly in treatment of children suffering from heart ailments.

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