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  • Big strides made in fighting tuberculosis: WHO Yesterday

    Paris: The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halting and reversing TB incidence has been achieved globally, in all six WHO regions and...
  • Barack Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US Yesterday

    Washington: President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the US have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as...
  • Ebola death toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000: WHO Yesterday

    Geneva: At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of October 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has...
  • Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site Yesterday

    Freetown: Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health certificates they proudly held up. Hawanatu Turay, 14, said she...
  • Johnson & Johnson aims for 1 million Ebola vaccine doses in 2015 2 days ago

    London: Johnson & Johnson is accelerating work on its experimental Ebola vaccine and aims to produce 1 million doses next year, 250,000 of which are expected to be available by May. There is currently no proven vaccine against the deadly disease but several companies are racing to develop products. Clinical tests...
  • Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January: WHO 2 days ago

    Geneva: Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials...
  • WTO prepares for crisis talks as India keeps veto on global deal 2 days ago

    Geneva: India made no sign of dropping its veto on a global trade deal on Tuesday, forcing World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo to announce a week of talks to try to chart the future direction of the Geneva-based body. Some diplomats had said a WTO meeting on Tuesday was the...
  • Countries should remain vigilant against polio: WHO 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Despite the victory over polio, Southeast Asian countries should remain vigilant against the crippling virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Ahead of World Polio Day on October 24, WHO regional director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal-Singh said, "World Polio Day is a reminder of our monumental victory...
  • Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO 5 days ago

    Ottawa: The Canadian government said that it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organisation on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak. The government said in a news release that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying...
  • WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won't comment on reported flaws 5 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough. The WHO said in a statement that...
  • US President appoints a 'czar' to streamline the administration's response to Ebola 6 days ago

    The World Health Organisation has admitted to lapses in its response to the spread of EBOLA in West Africa. As the ebola scare haunts the US, President Barack Obama has appointed a "czar" to streamline the administration's response to the deadly disease. ...
  • Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216: WHO 6 days ago

    Geneva: More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa at the beginning of the year, fresh World Health Organization figures showed on Friday. The UN health agency said that 4,555 people had died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered...
  • Pakistan accounts for 80 per cent of polio cases: WHO 1 week ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan, which accounts for nearly 80 per cent of polio cases globally, remains the "greatest single risk" to eradicating the crippling disease due to a ban imposed by militants on immunisation, the WHO has said. The World Health Organisation in its progress report held Pakistan responsible for failing to curb...
  • WHO announces new measures to control ebola at the UN held in Geneva 1 week ago

    Ebola in West Africa is doubling every four weeks according to reports. As the ebola death toll spirals, health officials around the world are speeding their response on ebola. At the UN held in Geneva, WHO announced their new measures to control the ebola outbreak. ...
  • Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in West Africa: WHO 1 week ago

    Monrovia: A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO said a total of 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola had been reported in...
  • UN's $1 billion Ebola fund gets deposit of just $100,000 so far 1 week ago

    United Nations: A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had...
  • Ebola 'most serious' health emergency in years: World leaders October 16, 2014

    London: The Ebola epidemic is "the most serious international public health emergency in recent years," British, US, French, German and Italian leaders agreed in a conference call. A 75-minute video conference call between British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo...
  • Ebola cases in west Africa could reach 10,000 per week: WHO October 15, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could reach 5,000 to 10,000 cases per week by the first week of December. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times. The gravity of the situation is difficult...
  • India loses WTO dispute over bird flu curbs on US poultry October 14, 2014

    Geneva/Washington: India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking imports of US poultry and other agricultural products because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Tuesday. India had claimed its import restrictions were justified by international rules on animal health, but the panel agreed with the United...
  • Ebola: 10,000 new cases per week could be seen, says WHO October 14, 2014

    Geneva: A World Health Organization official says there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward says if the response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die" and there will...
  • Ebola outbreak demonstrates lack of readiness: WHO October 14, 2014

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic shows that the world is ill-prepared to respond to a severe health emergency, World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan said Monday. "The world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained and threatening public health emergency," Chan said at a meeting of the Regional Committee for...
  • Watch: This 13-year-old girl from Lucknow suffers from a terrifying, undiagnosed medical condition where she cries blood! October 12, 2014

    13-year-old Twinkle Dwivedi from Lucknow is just another teenager who plays with her friends and loves to watch TV. There's one thing that sets her apart from teenagers across the world - her rare disease that still doesn't have a name.Famously known as the 'girl who cries blood', Twinkle has...
  • Liberia: 41 UN staffers under Ebola observation October 11, 2014

    Monrovia: Liberia's United Nations peacekeeping mission says 41 staff members, including 20 military personnel, are under "close medical observation" after an international member of its medical team contracted Ebola. The mission said in a statement that the measures were precautionary and that none of the staff members had shown signs...
  • WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 4,000 October 11, 2014

    Monrovia: Liberian lawmakers on Saturday rejected a proposal to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the power to further restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property in the fight against Ebola. One legislator said such a law would have turned Liberia into a police state. The proposal's defeat came as...
  • UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed October 9, 2014

    Washington: The presidents of three Ebola-stricken West African nations sought an immediate outpouring of money, doctors and hospital beds, and representatives nations gathered at a World Bank meeting promised to send more aid quickly, including a pledge of medical evacuations for health care responders who catch the virus. "Our people...
  • Over 400 screened for Ebola in India, no infection yet October 9, 2014

    Panaji: More than 400 persons with suspected symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus have been screened in India, but no infection has been detected yet, L.S. Chauhan, a top infectious diseases expert said on Thursday. Chauhan, president of the Indian Association of Epidemiologists, is a co-host of a conference on vector-borne...
  • Psychiatrists ask PM Modi to launch awareness campaign on mental illness October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned over an alarming rise in suicide cases in India, leading psychiatrists and mental health experts on Thursday made a plea to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a nationwide awareness campaign to remove the social stigma associated with mental illnesses. India's demographic profile shows that it has the...
  • First person diagnosed with Ebola in US dies in Texas hospital October 8, 2014

    Dallas: A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a Texas hospital on Wednesday, his case having put health authorities on alert for the deadly virus spreading outside of West Africa. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with the...
  • World Bank sees financial impact of Ebola at as much as $32.6 billion in Africa October 8, 2014

    Geneva: The regional impact of West Africa's Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015 if it spreads significantly beyond the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Bank said on Wednesday. "The enormous economic cost of the current outbreak to the affected countries and...
  • Ebola 'unavoidable' in Europe, but spread risk low: WHO October 8, 2014

    Geneva: Cases of Ebola in Europe are unavoidable, but the risk of the disease spreading is extremely low, a top UN health official said, amid growing fears over infections in Spain. "Sporadic cases of Ebola virus disease in Europe are unavoidable. This is due to travel between Europe and affected...