Torkham Border To Be Opened On July 3-4 For Afghan Students

Kabul: The Torkham Border will be opened next Saturday and Sunday (July 3 and 4) for Afghan students studying in Pakistani universities on scholarship for their entry into Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, the permission has been granted to Afghan students currently stuck in Afghanistan to travel to Pakistan for continuation of their studies under Allama Iqbal Scholarship Programme.

The statement further said that all the students will be required to provide negative report of the PCR Test from Afghanistan.

It further said that antigen test for coronavirus will be conducted at the entry point and the students will undergo 10 days mandatory quarantine provided by government of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health recorded 1,531 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 80 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total cases now stand at 115,615 while death toll is 4,730.

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has inaugurated a significant project to train community midwives in remote and underserved areas of Afghanistan. At a total cost of $490,055 (around QR 1.8 million), the scheme is co-implemented by the Afghan Welfare Society, Organization for Promotion of Health and Community Development (OPHCD), Ministry of Health (MoH), and provincial health chapters.

The purpose of the new project is to qualify 24 trainees as community midwives in remote and inaccessible areas of eight provinces. During the 24-month training, the trainees will acquire the relevant knowledge and skills, through theoretical and applied training programs at specialized hospitals and/or health centers, in accordance with MoPH’s training program.

After that, the trainees will receive graduation certification from Afghanistan’s Supreme Council for Nursing and Midwifery. They can find jobs at fixed or mobile health facilities in remote areas, operated by MoPH or other service providers, such as the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) or other partners. Alternatively, they can be self-employed, offering basic health services in their own districts.

Apart from the theoretical and practical aspects, the program also provides all training resources, such as trainers, materials, and full board accommodation. After graduation, each midwife is expected to offer primary health services, particularly in reproduction health, for up to 4,800 cases per year within her own demographical sphere, which means an annual average of 84,480 in all locations of the graduates. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Moora Center in Afshar District, Kabul, which hosts the classes and dormitory. It consists of an elementary-and-high school, as well as a university for girls, with colleges like the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Therefore, the premises are perfect for the girls from rural areas. The ceremony was attended by representatives of MoPH, ARCS, the Ministry of Economy, the Supreme Council for Nursing and Midwifery, Shura Councils, and health offices in target provinces. Other attendees included teachers, supervisors, trainers, trainees, and local community leaders. Zabihullah Atal, MP for Badakhshan, said, “I would like to thank QRCS and all partners and contributors for this vital project.”

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