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MoPH, EU sign agreement on mental health, disability services

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AT-KABUL: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday signed an agreement with the European Union (EU) to foster healthcare services for mental and disabled patients.

Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, said that based on the agreement the EU would provide eight million Euros to the ministry in order to improve disability and mental health care services across the country.

Speaking at a press conference here he said that three million Euros would be spent on training of 250 new psychosocial councilors and five million Euros on improvement of health services and physiotherapy facilities for disabled patients.

He said the two projects would be implemented by the Handicap International and the Health Net International and the ministry would monitor the implementation process.

The minister further said that currently there are 200 psychosocial councilors in the country. After training of 250 new psychosocial councilors the number would increase to 450.

He said that currently around 30 percent of Afghans are facing mental problems.

The EU’s Head of Cooperation in Afghanistan, Maurizio Cian, voiced pleasure over assistance to the MoPH. He said that this EU-funded program would be implemented over the next three years.