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Efforts underway to advance peace talks through a single source: Dr. Abdullah

KABUL: Addressing a ceremony marking  World  Tuberculosis Day in Kabul here yesterday, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said a single source for peace negotiations was being created to centralize peace talks and represent the voices of the Afghans in a unified way.
Dr. Abdullah said that the fate of the country was in the hands of Afghans who did not want to a return to the dark days of the past, adding Afghans also wanted the presidential election to determine the fate of their country.
The Chief Executive called the attack on first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum as heinous crime and said Afghan security forces should protect the lives of all Afghans, particularly political figures. “Taliban should know that they are empowering our will for their defeat with each attack on the country’s politicians,” he said.
Pointing to health sector, Chief Executive said that continued war in Afghanistan was among problems the country’s health sector was facing, adding that fighting diseases was not the responsibility of only the Ministry of Public Health, but of everyone and other organizations.
“Those who lose their lives for no access to health services is a crime, I want the warring sides to discharge their responsibility towards allowing people’s access to health services,” he said.
Dr. Abdullah praised the Ministry of Public Health, health officials and aid organizations in fighting against diseases and providing health services to the public and hoped the future government would prioritize the public health sector’s development.
He said natural disasters, people’s displacement had a key role in outbreak diseases which fueled poverty among people. Low awareness among people about diseases was one of the main problems in the fight against health issues, he said.
Meanwhile addressing the ceremony, minister of public health said that 48000 people were affected by Tuberculosis disease across the country, which shows a decrease comparing to the previous years.
The minister went on saying that plans were on hand to control the disease in the country’s prisons and labs were established to seriously monitor and prevent it. He also asked people and different administrations to help his led ministry in public awareness for control of the tuberculosis disease.
Delivering his remarks, UNDP representative also assured of organization’s support in prevention of the Tuberculosis disease in the country.
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