World Health Organisation: WHO seeks $2.5 bn for health emergency responses in 2023, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday appealed for $2.54 billion for its work in 2023 to help millions of people facing health emergencies around the world. The UN health agency said that it was currently responding to an unprecedented number of intersecting health emergencies. It pointed to the brutal war in Ukraine and the health impacts of conflicts in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Ethiopia, as well as climate change-related disasters like the monster floods that hit Pakistan last year and swelling food insecurity across the Sahel and the Horn…

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China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Beijing: China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a huge increase from previously reported figures that follows global criticism of the country’s coronavirus data. In early December, Beijing abruptly dismantled its strict three-year anti-virus regime of frequent testing, travel curbs and mass lockdowns after widespread protests in late November, and cases have surged since then across the nation of 1.4 billion. A health official said on Saturday that COVID fever and emergency hospitalisations had peaked, and…

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Covid 19: Beds run out at Beijing hospital as COVID brings more sick, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Beijing: Patients, most of them elderly, are lying on stretchers in hallways and taking oxygen while sitting in wheelchairs as COVID-19 surges in China‘s capital Beijing. The Chuiyangliu hospital in the city’s east was packed with newly arrived patients on Thursday. By midmorning, beds had run out, even as ambulances continued to bring those in need. Hard-pressed nurses and doctors rushed to take information and triage the most urgent cases. The surge in severely ill people needing hospital care follows China abandonment of its most severe pandemic restrictions last month…

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WHO chief asks China to share requested data to probe origins of Covid-19 – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday called on China to share the requested data concerning Covid-19 in a bid to understand the origins of the virus. “We continue to call on China to share the data and conduct the studies that we have requested, to better understand the origins of this virus,” the WHO chief told a media briefing, as quoted in a statement on the organization’s website. “As I have said many times, all hypotheses remain on the table,” he added. Three years after…

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WHO chief thanks PM Modi for collaboration in building global traditional health centre – ET HealthWorld

Bali: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for collaborating with the world health body on hosting and building the global traditional health centre. Prime Minister Modi, World Health Organisation Director-General Ghebreyesus and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth laid the foundation stone for the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Gujarat’s Jamnagar city in April. The centre, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from India, aims at harnessing the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and…

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India awaits WHO information on any cough syrup link to Gambia deaths – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India is awaiting more information from the World Health Organization on any links between an Indian-made cough syrup and the deaths of dozens of children in Gambia, two Indian officials said on Thursday. The deaths of 66 children in the West African country is a blow to India’s image as a “pharmacy of the world” that supplies medicines to all continents, especially Africa. The cough syrup was made by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals, the WHO said. “Urgent investigation in the matter has been already taken up immediately after…

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Cholera making a comeback after years of decline: WHO – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that cholera, a disease of the 19th century, may be making a comeback again after years of decline. According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of WHO, a worrying upsurge in cases of the food and water borne disease has been observed around the globe over the past year. “Cholera thrives on poverty and conflict, but is now being turbo-charged by climate change. Extreme climate events like floods, cyclones and droughts further reduce access to clean water and create the…

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WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia – ET HealthWorld

London: New coronavirus cases reported globally dropped nearly a quarter in the last week while deaths fell 6% but were still higher in parts of Asia, according to a report Thursday on the pandemic by the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency said there were 5.4 million new COVID-19 cases reported last week, a decline of 24% from the previous week. Infections fell everywhere in the world, including by nearly 40% in Africa and Europe and by a third in the Middle East. COVID deaths rose in the Western…

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Monkeypox infections rise 20% to over 35K cases, 12 deaths: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: Monkeypox cases have seen an exponential jump of 20 per cent in the last week with more than 35,000 infections and 12 deaths reported from 92 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Almost 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20 per cent increase over the previous week, which was also 20 per cent more than the week before,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing.Almost all cases are being reported from Europe and the Americas, and nearly all cases continue to be reported…

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Overlapping crises accelerating health inequality: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Montreal, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that overlapping crises of Covid-19, inflation and cuts to foreign aid by wealthy countries are accelerating health inequality and disrupting health services. Giving a keynote speech by video to the “health equity for all” of the 24th International AIDS Conference on Monday, known as AIDS 2022, Tedros said the growing inequality could reverse a decade of progress made in the fight against HIV, Xinhua news agency reported. In almost every country, the gap between rich and poor is getting…

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