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The world might be free of polio within a year, say experts

Despite stubborn presence in a handful of countries, experts are hopeful that the world might become free of polio by the end of the year. Polio virus travels in faecal material. It multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis. The highly infectious childhood disease was once…

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New Ebola case reported in DR Congo: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization said there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week. Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on a visit to DR Congo, said the suspected new…

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WHO declares Rawalpindi free from polio

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its assessment report from February-March 2018 has declared district Rawalpindi a least risk area for polio virus. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Sohail Chaudary while talking to APP Wednesday said that environmental water samples taken from various areas of the city had tested negative for polio virus in February…

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WHO revises childbirth guidelines to curb surge in caesarean delivery

Geneva: The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical…

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Karma: Charity, generosity, pity

By Ehtesham Anwar The first ever English proverb recited to me was to serve humanity, which really motivated an emerging brain being shaped to respond the society, giving an eternal strength to help others with positivity in the future. People and countries are annually categorized by their generosity shown to others despite their financial and…

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Health experts arrive in Multan to monitor seasonal influenza cases

MULTAN: A four-member team from World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) arrived in Multan on Tuesday to monitor seasonal influenza cases at Nishtar Hospital. Official sources at Nishtar hospital told APP that Dr Jamshaid (WHO), Dr Ambreen Chaudhry, Dr Nazia Hassan (NIH) and Umer Daraz (Lab expert) reached Multan to get…

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Half the world lacks access to essential health services: WHO

At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10…

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Second polio case in three months confirmed in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Karachi witnessed its second case of polio within a span of three months, the latest victim being a five-month-old infant who has been diagnosed with the crippling disease. Five-month-old boy Zaibullah, son of Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of UC-4 Gadap Town, had been administered with anti-polio drops during a past campaign. However, his routine…

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WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

LONDON: Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Malaria infected around 216 million people in 91 countries in 2016, an increase of 5 million cases over the previous year, the…

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1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified

GENEVA – An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from WHO. This means that people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Not only is this a waste of money for individuals and health systems that purchase…

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Farms must stop using antibiotics on healthy animals, says WHO

NEWS DESK: Farmers must stop giving antibiotics to healthy animals because they are fuelling the rise of superbugs, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, reported The Independent. Considerable amounts of antibiotics are administered to animals in the UK to prevent infections, especially in intensive farming. The drugs are also given to animals to promote…

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Only 36 percent Pakistanis getting safe drinking water: WHO report

ISLAMABAD: Only 36 percent Pakistani population on average, including 41 percent urban and 32 percent rural is using safe drinking water in the country, a world Health Organization report revealed. Results of the water quality monitoring efforts of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) indicate that 69 to 85 percent collected samples of…

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Smog in Central Pakistan taking toll on traffic, people’s health

By Muhammad Luqman The ongoing foggy weather with pungent air in the atmosphere reminds most of the Lahorites of smog that engulfed the eastern city of Pakistan on November 2 last year. Even after one year of much -trumpeted efforts of Pakistan government to overcome this environmental catastrophe, Lahore has once again been engulfed by…

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KP govt initiates campaign to tackle dengue virus anew

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has renewed its efforts to battle the deadly dengue virus in the province by initiating a new campaign, on Wednesday. Dengue virus has claimed several lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the problem is far from over for residents of the province. In order to defeat the virus and rid people…

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Indians with mental illness exceed South African population

New Delhi: The number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa, according to a report compiled by India’s first data journalism initiative – India Spend. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number…

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Pakistan’s Sania Nishtar to head WHO’s commission to tackle noncommunicable diseases

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations health agency has announced the establishment of a high-level global commission on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which will be led by Pakistan’s Sania Nishtar, to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s biggest causes of death and extend life expectancy for millions of people. “We urgently need new approaches and action…

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Pakistan keen to closely work with WHO: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said Pakistan looked forward to working closely with World Health Organization (WHO) in fighting disease and disability and to ensuring equity in provision of health services. Talking to Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus here at the PM Office, the Prime Minister said the country’s national…

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WHO global head arrives in Pakistan to attend health conference

ISLAMABAD: Global head World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri arrived on Saturday to attend regional conference on health held here on October 9. It was being attended by 22 countries of the world and their top global health experts have also started…

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Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

NEWS DESK: Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat the threat of deadly drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, reported The Independent. The vast majority of the drugs being developed are modifications to existing kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short-term solutions, the health organisation said in a new report. Commenting on the…

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Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs: experts

PARIS: The pesticide fipronil at the heart of Europe’s latest food safety scare is found in common household products used to rid the family dog of ticks, kill lawn pests, and in cockroach bait.

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Only 37.7 per cent Pakistani mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding: WHO-UNICEF report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan stands at 18 per cent for early initiation of breastfeeding and only 37.7 per cent mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding for six months, a newly released joint WHO-UNICEF report revealed here Thursday. The report stated that no country in the world fully meets the recommended breastfeeding standards and that only 23 countries, out of…

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