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Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease. The WHO said there was one confirmed case — a six-year-old boy with lower limb weakness from…

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Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in India’s Kerala

Two new cases of the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus have been confirmed in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where another two people were killed by the virus, a health official said on Thursday. The two new Nipah cases in Kerala take the total number of confirmed cases to 17, Kozhikode district medical officer V….

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Heartbreaker? Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes: WHO

While the link between smoking and a range of cancers is well known, the World Health Organization warned Thursday there was too little awareness of tobacco’s impact on the human heart. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the UN health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned…

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Smoking: a rundown on lighting up

Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars. Here are some facts and figures ahead of the UN’s World No Tobacco Day Thursday. How many people smoke? There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a…

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak on ‘epidemiological knife edge’: WHO

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a clear “potential to expand”, WHO warned Wednesday, amid news three people infected with the deadly virus had fled a local hospital. “We are on the epidemiological knife edge,” Peter Salama, in charge of emergency response at the WHO, told a special meeting on the…

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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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