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MSF formally opens TB treatment center in Kandahar

MSF formally opens TB treatment center in Kandahar

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 four years in neighboring Helmand province.

MSF coordinator for Kandahar, Rodney Miller, at the project’s launch ceremony in Kandahar Ciry, said they launched the service after a successful trial period of nine months.

He said they had been successful in treating hundreds of tuberculosis patients during the trial period. He added 20 TB patients coming from other provinces to Kandahar were still under treatment.

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

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

Asadullah, brother of Masuma, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had earlier visited Pakistan for her treatment, but her health did not recover.

He thanked the MSF for serving people in Afghanistan.

MSF’s TB treatment center was opened in the Kandahar Central Hospital. 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 promised to extend their services to districts.

According to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), there are some 20,000 TB patients in Afghanistan and 12,000 of them annually lose their lives.