China has made the biggest progress worldwide in controlling tuberculosis (TB) over the past 20 years, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday. There is no reason that, over the next 20 years, China cannot lead the efforts to put an end to TB, Xinhua quoted Bernhard Schwartlander, WHO representative in China as saying during an event held here to mark the 19th World Tuberculosis …
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After India was declared polio free earlier this year, health experts stress that eradication of measles is the next 'achievable target' among childhood illnesses. 'After the victory over polio and officially being declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), measles becomes our next achievable target among the killer diseases of childhood illness,' Himanshi Kashyap, pediatric …
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The World Health Organisation Wednesday said the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily should be halved as it stepped up its battle against public health problems like obesity and tooth decay. The UN health agency said it was maintaining its 2002 guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of total daily energy intake but stressed that half would be preferable. Cutting sugar …
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The US Thursday joined 26 other countries and key international organisations to launch a global effort aimed at combating the perils of infectious diseases, Xinhua reported. The US-led initiative, known as the Global Health Security Agenda, is designed to help countries prevent and reduce the likelihood of disease outbreaks, detect them early and respond rapidly and effectively when they do …
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Hailing India's victory over polio, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday commended the nearly 2.3 million vaccinators and health workers who were the backbone of the polio eradication campaign.  India is on its way to get the World Health Organisation (WHO) certification of a polio-free country after having reported no fresh cases in the last three years. …
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Congratulating the country for its monumental achievement, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization, said, 'India has shown the world that there is no such thing as impossible. This is likely the greatest lesson, and the greatest inspiration for the rest of the world.' Addressing the ‘India’s victory over polio’ event at New Delhi on 11 February 2014, Dr Chan, said, …
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India has completed three years without polio, a landmark achievement which would pave the way for a polio-free certification from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the health ministry Monday said. The ministry said 40,000 reporting units, including health facilities, annually report 60,000 cases of paralysis to the polio surveillance network - National Polio Surveillance Project. Each of …
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There is a great need for extending sophisticated medical facilities to poor people in India as they are not able to get proper health care, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung said on Sunday. 'The government must make available sophisticated medical facilities for the poor people in the country as such arrangements by the government are yet to be availed by them,' Jung said in his address on the …
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The global annual measles mortality reached historic low with vaccination expanding steadily, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement Thursday. Statistics estimated that the annual measles deaths dropped 78 percent to 122,000 in 2012, comparing to the contagious disease claimed 562,000 lives in 2000 globally, Xinhua reported. (Read: Vaccines for your child – what you should …
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The World Health Organisation has urged for a global drive to tackle the causes of cancer linked to lifestyle, such as alcohol abuse, sugar consumption and obesity. It predicted that the number of new cases could soar 70 percent to nearly 25 million a year over the next 20 years, the Guardian reported. Half of these cases are preventable, says the UN’s public health arm in its World Cancer …
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Tighter economic policies and proper regulation can help governments prevent overweight and obesity epidemic in their respective countries - saving the people from serious long-term health consequences including diabetes, heart disease stroke and cancer.Governments could slow - and even reverse - the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to new …
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Former Indian health ministry official Poonam Khetrapal Singh has assumed charge as director for World Health Organization's (WHO) Southeast Asia Region, becoming the first Indian to hold the post since 1968, an official release said Friday. With Singh's election, an Indian occupies the post of regional director of South East Asian Regional Organization (SEARO) after a gap of 44 years, an …
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A World Health Organization representative has said that human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus might occur on a limited scale in China. (Read: How bird flu viruses adapt to humans) Bernhard Schwartlander said that there is no proof that the virus is going to become sustained or widespread among humans, and that it is not known whether H7N9 will cause a pandemic, China Daily …
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