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MSF formally opens TB treatment center in Kandahar

MSF formally opens TB treatment center in Kandahar

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Oct 11, 2017 - 20:26
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The Doctors without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Wednesday formally launched its services for the first time in southern Kandahar province after a nine-month trial period.
 
MSF officials said it was for the first time they were offering services to people in Kandahar while an MSF hospital has been operational for the past 8 years in neighboring Helmand province.
 
MSF coordinator for Kandahar, Rodney Miller, at the project’s launch ceremony in Kandahar , said they launched the service after a successful trial period of nine months.

He added 35 TB patients coming from Kandahar and other province are still under treatment in MSF TB treatment center.

Miller said their efforts yielded positive results that encouraged the organization to continue its services.

Masuma is among the first womeninfo-icon who received MDR TB treatment at the MSF facility and underwent the nine-month treatment course successfully.

Asadullah, husband of Masuma, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had earlier visited Pakistaninfo-icon for her treatment, but her healthinfo-icon did not recover.

He thanked the MSF for serving people in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

MSF’s TB treatment center was opened in the Kandahar 

Kandahar public health director, Mohammad Azim Zmaryal, during the center’s opening ceremony, thanked MSF for the service to Kandahar people. He asked MSF to extend its services to districts of the province.

MSF officials were asked by MoPH to extend their services to districts.

According to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), there are some 60,000 TB patients in Afghanistan and 12,000 of them annually lose their lives.

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