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  • Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organisation said. The UN health agency said a total of 4,985 people had been infected across five west African countries, and that 2,461 had died....
  • India has the highest number of deaths among children below 5 17 hours 26 minutes ago

    United Nations: India's child mortality rate has dropped by more than half since 1990 but it still recorded the world's highest number of deaths among children below age five in 2013, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, acknowledging the progress made by the world's second most populous nation. The report,...
  • Pakistan: 1 killed in attack on polio team Yesterday

    Karachi: An official was killed on Monday when motorcycle-borne armed men attacked a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, seriously hampering the drive to eradicate the crippling disease. A campaign official said that armed men opened fire at the team in Pishin's Karbala area and killed the levies official....
  • Sierra Leone: 4th doctor dies of Ebola 2 days ago

    Freetown: A top medical official in Sierra Leone on Sunday said that a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to the Associated Press that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone...
  • India, Bangladesh sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in traditional medicine 1 week ago

    Dhaka: Bangladesh and India have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the fields of traditional medicine like Ayurveda and Unani, as World Health Organisation decided to lay an extra focus on the issue as an "important part of healthcare" in the region. The two countries inked...
  • Ebola death toll rises to at least 2,296: WHO 1 week ago

    Geneva: The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO said that it had recorded 4,293 cases in five...
  • Harsh Vardhan seeks Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina's support in taming vector-borne diseases 1 week ago

    Dhaka: India on Tuesday sought Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's support in combating many vector-borne diseases and providing "the highest standards of health care" to people in South Asia. "I seek your valuable support in traversing a path where we can attain the highest standards of health not only for...
  • Ebola positive doctor to be evacuated from Sierra Leone September 9, 2014

    Geneva: A World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor, who has been tested positve for Ebola in Sierra Leone, will be evacuated. The WHO has declined to disclose the doctor's identity, but noted the doctor is currently in stable condition in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown, Xinhua reported. The Ebola treatment centre where...
  • UN chief calls for more support to fight Ebola September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said on Monday. "He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the...
  • WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases September 9, 2014

    Monrovia: The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization has warned that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest on record. It...
  • Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster September 8, 2014

    Washington: New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at the National Institutes of Health for the first human safety...
  • Government to encourage children for organ donation September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The government would work to encourage children to develop a positive attitude towards organ donation, particularly for eye donation, union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. The minister said he would request the human resource development ministry to include passages in school books to develop in children a positive...
  • One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: WHO September 4, 2014

    Geneva: More than 800,000 people die by committing suicide every year -- one person in every 40 seconds, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report published on Thursday. According to the Global Report on Suicide Prevention, 75 per cent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, the WHO...
  • Getting help to Ebola-stricken countries to cost $600 million: UN September 3, 2014

    Washington: The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday. More than 40 per cent of the Ebola cases in West Africa,...
  • Centre says it is equipped to detect Ebola; HC seeks affidavit September 3, 2014

    Mumbai: The Centre on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it has installed machines at several international airports in the country to detect the presence of Ebola virus among people, who are returning home in large numbers from the affected African countries. However, activist Ketan Tirodkar, who has filed a...
  • Ebola drug trials set to begin September 3, 2014

    Washington: The trial of a promising experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, that has been administered to seven people so far but is yet to be approved by regulators, is set to begin. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening a major meeting this week to prioritise the most promising experimental Ebola drugs...
  • WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other August 29, 2014

    Dakar (Senegal): The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said on Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening. The UN health agency warned yesterday that the outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week August 29, 2014

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 August 29, 2014

    Accra: The World Health Organization said on Friday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. New figures showed the massive scale of the crisis, which the WHO said indicated a "rapid increase...
  • WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes August 27, 2014

    London: The World Health Organization (WHO) called for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a meeting in October...
  • WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola August 27, 2014

    Freetown: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst ever outbreak of the disease. At least 1,427 people...
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo confirms first Ebola cases August 25, 2014

    Freetown: The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa. The UN's World Health Organisation also announced that one of its health experts, an epidemiologist, had been infected while...
  • WHO, Health Ministry working on 'preparedness plan' on Ebola August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with Health Ministry to formulate a "preparedness plan" to deal with just in case if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country. "Preparation is a very critical aspect. WHO is working with the Ministry of Family Welfare and Planning to ensure...
  • Ebola scare: Health Ministry conducts screening at all airports in India August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 531 passengers are being tracked at airports across India for Ebola. But no positive cases have been detected so far. The Health Ministry is conducting screenings at all airports. Till August 21, there had been 1350 deaths and 2473...
  • American Ebola survivor doctor says 'thrilled to be alive' August 22, 2014

    Atlanta: Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary,...
  • Gambia on high alert for Ebola outbreak August 22, 2014

    Banjul: Gambia's ministry of health and social welfare said on Thursday that it is on high alert for a possible Ebola outbreak in the country and are taking preventive measures to tackle the disease. Modou Njai, director of health promotion and education at the ministry, said that so far there has...
  • 2,240 Ebola cases in West Africa: UN August 20, 2014

    United Nations: The number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, has reached 2,240 and a total of 1,229 deaths were also registered, UN spokesman Steaphane Dujarric said on Tuesday. "WHO is working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that people in the quarantine zone receive...
  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200 August 19, 2014

    Monrovia/Genev: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90...
  • West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO August 19, 2014

    Geneva: Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria. The WHO said it was working with the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure food delivery to 1...
  • WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline, travel sector August 19, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday said that it had set up a task force with the global airline and tourism industry in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. The UN agency said it was working hand in hand with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism...