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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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WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance

GENEVA: The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary. The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: “Access”, “Watch”…

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Mishandling of vaccines affects drive against preventable diseases

  Pakistan is among a few countries of the world where vaccine-preventable diseases are affecting a large number of children. But careless handling of the vaccines is just making the situation worse. In this year alone, 11,800 vials of anti-polio vaccine worth Rs 3 million got useless due to poor handling of cold storage facilities,…

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Global fight to eradicate polio turns to Afghanistan, Pakistan

LONDON: The global fight to eradicate polio has set its sights on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the World Health Organisation has said as Africa marked a year without any new cases of the crippling disease for the first time. Nigeria is set to be removed from the list of polio-endemic countries, leaving only Afghanistan and Pakistan,…

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