An Afghan Perspective - 60 Minutes on CBS - Africa Mercy: Hospital of hope February 17, 2013

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" In many developing countries, even basic medical care is a luxury. And in Africa, nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor. "

There are many countries around the world which suffer lack of standard health care centers. Sometimes in countries with old history and having a very traditional customs they prefer to  be cured by using herbals and natural ingredients than experiencing a real medial care.

One of the 60 Minutes episodes for this week was about a ship "Africa Mercy: Hospital of hope".  This ship is sailing the west African coastline and try to heal people who suffers from a very basic to advanced diseases.

In Africa Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes.  It is more than 30 years that they have been operating this mission with many people who work as volunteers to heal  people with lack of  financial budget to be cured.

Afghanistan is also one of the countries who have the highest mortality rate mostly among children and women while they are giving birth and later on.

Lack of access to healthy water, being away from health clinics, illiteracy, lack of professional health workers and Lack of adequate knowledge about diseases will increase the death rate in Afghanistan specially in rural and remote areas.

Polio is one the most common disease in Afghanistan. But currently by the help of Global Polio Eradication Initiative's in Afghanistan  most of Afghanistan is polio-free now.

If we look more closely on the issues about health and education we can see the direct relationship of these two important factors in a society and that is almost one of the common problems in Afghanistan. Those who can not access the right education, they do not have proper information and knowledge about the health and how to prevent being infected by diseases.

 Building schools in Afghanistan is like giving a single drop of polio vaccination to an Afghan child. It will not even help them but their family and in a broad vision the whole community, therefore I think Good Education means Good Heath and vice versa.

برنامه این هفته ۶۰ دقیقه در سی بی اس در مورد کشتی است که تمام سواحل غربی آفریقا را طی میکند و خدمات بهداشتی را به ساکنان آنجا ارائه میکند. کارمندان این کشتی که شامل پرستاران و دکتران میشوند به صورت داوطلبانه حاضر به همکاری در این بیمارستان سیار شده اند. در واقع عدم آگاهی کافی از امراض مختلف یکی از عواملی است که منجر به مرگ و میر و صدمه دیدن از بیماری های گوناگون است.  
یکی از شایعترین بیماری ها در افغانستان پولیو و یا فلج اطفال میباشد که کودکان زیادی به علت عدم دسترسی به خدمات صحی از آن رنج میبرند اما با اقدام نهاد ریشه کنی پولیو در چندین سال تقریبا میشود گفت که افغانستان از پولیو عاری شده است.
به نظر من آموزش و بهداشت رابطه مستقیم دارند. عدم آگاهی افراد به علت نداشتن اطلاعات کافی از بیماری ها و نتایج آن منجر به ضررهای جسمانی میشود که گاهی اوقات جبران ناپذیر است و همچنان بهره بردن از سلامت کافی باعث ایجاد ترقی و رشد فعالیت های اجتماعی افراد میشود.
بنابراین ساختن هر مدرسه در افغانستان مانند چکاندن یک قطره فلج اطفال میباشد که آینده اطفال را تضمین میکند.

Fereshteh Forough

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Afghan Perspective is a weekly column presenting Afghan Women and Men's views on CBS' 60 Minutes shows. The Afghan writers watch each episodes and then try to relate the topic to what is happening in their country. The main goal is to connect people presented in the shows with Afghans…

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