A press statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the number of deaths caused by the Ebola virus in West Africa has crossed 1,000. The WHO confirmed on Monday that 1.013 people have died so far in the epidemic that hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and possibly Nigeria a few months ago, reported CBS News. Authorities have identified 1,848 suspected or confirmed …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday convened a meeting of experts to assess the role of experimental therapies in the Ebola outbreak response. 'The recent treatment of two health workers infected with the Ebola virus with experimental medicine has raised questions about whether untested medicine should be used in the treatment,' Xinhua quoted UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as …
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The new figures of Ebola death toll in West Africa, declared Wednesday, indicate an emergency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) notes total 932 deaths, with 45 patients killed within two days Aug 2-4. The total now stands at 1,711 including reported deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. WHO also highlighted the emergence of 108 new cases between Saturday and Monday in the four …
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Saturday urged an immediate scale-up of efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West African countries. As of July 27, the cumulative number of cases attributed to Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria stood at 1,323, including 729 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The IFRC …
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World Health Organisation has warned about Ebola virus outbreak is spreading faster than the efforts that have been made to control it. The fatal virus sweeping West Africa is spreading at an alarming rate and threatening to cross international borders and the international agency has revealed that 60 doctors, nurses and health care workers have lost their lives desperately trying to save …
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Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO addressed the challenges posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the strong need to control the situation. So far, over 700 deaths have been reported. According to a Xinhua report, 'The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. It is the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths,' she …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in here after continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 'The centre will allow monitoring in real-time of the activities to fight the epidemic, in collaboration with the national committees and the teams deployed on the …
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Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO. These people are most at risk of HIV infection yet are least likely to have access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of …
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In a move that’s certainly going to be considered controversial, WHO has announced that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs in a big to try and contain the HIV rate in the gay community. The report published on Friday suggests they should all take medicine even if they don’t have the virus themselves. This combined with condoms and regular testing could’ve a …
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A senior World Health Organisation official said in Sierra Leone Friday that the Ebola situation is not out of control. Assistant Director-General for Health Security in the World Health Organisation Keiji Fukunda who visited the epic areas Kailahun and Kenema, Sierra Leone said, 'I do believe however that the situation is urgent and serious.  'I believe that the right steps have been …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO), along with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Thursday presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. There are 33 countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population. Low TB-burden countries already have the means to drive down TB cases dramatically by 2035. …
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‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than other animals.’ Anyone who has read George Orwell’s cult classic Animal Farm will be familiar with this concept and it’s shocking just how unequal the access to healthcare services are in different parts of the world. And that’s one of the main focuses of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health (PMNCH …
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It’s been 45 years since our race put a man on the moon, our smartphones now have the computing capacity to boggle our minds and the average lifespan in developed countries has gone up to 90. Basically, it’s a great time to be born, for never before have we had an environment so safe for the human race. It’s therefore extremely sad that in this day and age, there continue to be so many …
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Are electronic cigarettes safe? Should they be sold as a harmless product? 129 public health experts from 31 countries don’t think so. And they have written a letter to Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, urging her to curb the use of electronic cigarettes. They warn that the device could turn out to be a new avatar of the tobacco industry which is bypassing tobacco products. Dr Pankaj …
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