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  • High Court to hear plea on increasing air pollution in Delhi 20 hours 18 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to take immediate steps to control increasing air pollution in the national capital. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, however, declined to give an urgent hearing on...
  • 471 arrested for refusing polio vaccination in Pakistan 2 days ago

    Peshawar: Pakistani police on Monday arrested over 450 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children during a fresh anti-polio campaign Peshawar to eradicate the crippling disease from the country which contributes nearly 80 per cent of polio cases reported globally. Police arrested 471 parents who refused to administer polio vaccine to...
  • Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns 5 days ago

    London: The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. "Nothing about influenza is predictable including where the next pandemic might emerge and which virus might be responsible," the United Nations health agency...
  • WHO lauds India for anti-smoking mechanisms 6 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation lauded India's tobacco control mechanisms, calling the country a "champion" for curbing "tobacco marketing in films". "India is a champion from the point of view in controlling tobacco marketing in films. You even have the case of Woody Allen who did not want his film released...
  • India needs to reorganise its healthcare system: WHO February 22, 2015

    Kolkata: India should reorganise its healthcare delivery system with the right mix and distribution of services to achieve Universal Health Coverage, a top WHO official has said. Besides reducing out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure incurred by people, government should also increase public expenditure on health and develop mechanisms for cashless access to...
  • Gurgaon: Man held for selling fake swine flu medicine February 22, 2015

    Gurgaon: A man was on Saturday arrested for selling fake medicines for prevention and cure of swine flu, police said. Charan Singh, who hails from Lucknow, was living in Bijwasan area of Delhi. Police said he was arrested from R.K. Hospital in Rajendra Park area in Gurgaon, while he was supplying fake...
  • High air pollution cuts most Indian lives by 3 years February 21, 2015

    Chicago: India's high air pollution, ranked by the World Health Organisation among the worst in the world, is adversely impacting the lifespans of its citizens, reducing most Indian lives by over three years, a new study has said. Over half of India's population - 660 million people - live in areas...
  • WHO approves breakthrough 15-minute Ebola test February 20, 2015

    Geneva: The World Health Organization has approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa, it said on Friday. The test, developed by US firm Corgenix Medical Corp, is less accurate than the standard test but...
  • PM2.5 level in Delhi 10 times more than WHO limits: Greenpeace February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: In an alarming news about the quality of air in Delhi, a survey has found the deadly PM2.5 levels in the national capital was 10 times higher than the safety limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Air quality monitoring survey conducted by Greenpeace inside five prominent schools...
  • Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia target zero new Ebola cases in 60 days February 16, 2015

    Conakry: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three states hardest hit by an epidemic of Ebola, said on Monday they had set a target of reducing the number of new cases to zero within 60 days. The worst Ebola epidemic in history broke out in late 2013 in Guinea and has...
  • Is the government prepared to tackle Swine Flu? February 13, 2015

    Swine Flu has now claimed 407 lives this year, 216 in the first 10 days of February itself. Most deaths have occoured in Rajasthan and Gujarat but cases are being reported from across the country. Tami Flu the vaccine needed to cure the virus is running short in most places. ...
  • Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins January 29, 2015

    Geneva: The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to January 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic. "The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has now moved to...
  • Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed: WHO January 22, 2015

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Sierra Leone remains hardest-hit, accounting for 117 of the 145 new...
  • UN reports significant drop in Ebola cases January 22, 2015

    Geneva: The deadly Ebola epidemic is slowing significantly in the three west African countries at its epicentre, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, adding that those countries were now adequately equipped to stem the tide. The UN health agency said in its latest update that a total of 8,626 people had...
  • Super Dad: The man who can put his pants on without using hands, while holding a baby! January 16, 2015

    The internet is full of awesome people who are endowed with seemingly useless superpowers that become the source of our entertainment. In the wild land of YouTube, we came across one such man, who manages to win my slow claps and an honorary title of SUPERDAD! Behold, ladies and gentlemen,...
  • WHO deems two Ebola vaccines 'acceptably safe' January 10, 2015

    Geneva: Two vaccines for treating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which have already undergone the first phrase of trials, were deemed to be acceptably safe by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday. "The year 2014 will be remembered as a year the Ebola virus challenged humanity. I believe 2015 will...
  • UN tally of Ebola-linked deaths tops 8,000 January 3, 2015

    Berlin: The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 people are thought to have died last year from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body says the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease in the three most affected countries reached 7,989 by December...
  • Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 7,588: WHO December 25, 2014

    Geneva: The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The virus is still spreading intensely in Sierra Leone, especially in the north and west, with 315 new...
  • Mobile tower radiation: No telling proof of adverse health impact December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to allay fears among people about adverse impact of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from mobile towers, an expert has said there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects. "Considering the very low exposure levels and...
  • Ebola toll in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia reaches 6,583: WHO December 13, 2014

    Dakar: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the three worst-hit countries in West Africa reached 6,583 as of December 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Updated figures on the WHO website showed that 18,188 cases have been recorded in the three nations in the worst outbreak...
  • Sierra Leone area to hold 2-week Ebola 'lockdown' December 11, 2014

    Freetown: Health workers sent to Sierra Leone to investigate an alarming spike in deaths from Ebola have uncovered a grim scene piles of bodies, overwhelmed medical personnel and exhausted burial teams. The World Health Organisation says the health workers from several local and international agencies are racing to the latest...
  • WHO to miss Ebola target it set for December 1 December 1, 2014

    London: Two months ago, the World Health Organization launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 per cent of the sick and safely bury 70 per cent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...
  • Delhiites give mixed response to ban on 15-year-old vehicles November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) states that Delhi is the world's most polluted city. A city where average pollution level is eight times higher than the average. The National Green Tribunal Authority (NGTA) has banned all vehicles aged above 15 years from plying on the roads in the national...
  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex November 29, 2014

    London: Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimise the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads...
  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme pollution in Delhi November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who...
  • Indian dies of Ebola in Liberia, says Health Ministry November 26, 2014

    Mumbai: An Indian has died of Ebola in Liberia, said the Health Ministry on Wednesday. Mohammed Amir, who was employed in a pharmacy in Liberia, died of Ebola virus infection on September 7. Members of his family were informed about the incident. Earlier this month, a man from Liberia was...
  • Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon November 22, 2014

    Washington: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015. Ban made the observation on Friday and said that the Ebola outbreak could be contained by continuing to scale up the global fight against the disease. Addressing a press conference at the...
  • Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO November 20, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation has said that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths...
  • Need to develop rapid diagnostic tests for the end-phase of ebola: WHO November 19, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organization voiced hope that the number of Ebola cases would start falling sharply early next year, stressing the need to develop rapid diagnostic tests for the end-phase. "We are looking at where we will be in four to six months from now when the cases (could)...
  • Ebola death toll tops 5,000, steep rise in Sierra Leone cases: WHO November 13, 2014

    Geneva: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa's three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has risen to 5,147 out of 14,068 cases at the end of November 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. A further 13 deaths and 30 cases have been...