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WHO urges intensified campaign on safety of COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged the media to intensify campaign against misconception by residents on COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine The Immunisation Officer of WHO in Kaduna State, Dr Sambo Ishaku, made the call during a meeting with Health Journalists on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Kaduna, the state capital. He said some residents have misconception and myths which ...

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Coronavirus: WHO clears BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use

Mariângela Simão

To speed up access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the developing world, on the eve of the new year, the UN health agency approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use. Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products Regulatory experts convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) from around the world and UN agency’s own ...

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WHO, others battle malaria in north-eastern Nigeria

Pedro Alonso

WHO estimates up to 10,000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control, if more funds are secured Following more than eight years of conflict in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The global ...

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Tonga eliminates elephantiasis

Shin Young-soo

The Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean may be small in population, but it is kicking big goals in public health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has validated that the country has eliminated lymphatic filariasis – also known as elephantiasis – as a public health problem. Lymphatic filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease that damages the lymphatic system, leading to ...

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Countries fail to meet breastfeeding standards, says report

Breastfeeding

No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The “Global Breastfeeding Scorecard”, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six ...

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World Hepatitis Day: Hepatitis elimination efforts gain momentum

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

New World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 28 countries – representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden – indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum. Published to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, the data reveal that nearly all 28 countries have established high-level national hepatitis elimination committees (with plans and targets in place) and more than half ...

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Images: How Yemen struggles against cholera

Yemen cholera

Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390,000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1,800 deaths since April 27, 2017. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. ...

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World Hepatitis Day: Nigeria, others carry half of world’s chronic hepatitis burden

Isaac-Adewole

As the world gets set to observe this year’s edition of World Hepatitis Day, indications have emerged that Nigeria harbours one of the world’s highest number of sufferers of hepatitis. Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver tissue, leading in some cases to yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes. Indeed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has included ...

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Report identifies increase in tobacco control policies in last decade

tobacco smoking

The World Health Organisation (WHO) latest “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic” published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 4.7 billion people – 63% of the world’s population – are said to be covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco ...

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One in 10 infants didn’t receive vaccinations in 2016 – UN

Polio immunisation

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly one in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) immunisation estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million ...

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