The health situation in Syria has been deteriorating due to a shortage of medicines and medical workers, destruction of health facilities and difficult access to health care, said the WHO.Till July 2013, 64 percent of the country's public hospitals have been affected by the conflict, which erupted in March 2011. Among them, 24 percent have been damaged, and the rest are out of service, Xinhua …
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The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) rubbished reports that radiation emitted from cell phones and their towers cause cancer. 'Radiation from mobiles and mobile towers pose no threat to the health or cause cancer as it is commonly believed,' DMA president Anil Agarwal said at a press conference. 'The radiation waves are too weak to cause such a deadly disease and moreover there are no empirical …
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Higlighting the discrimination against the leprosy-affected in India, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Elimination of Leprosy Yohei Sasakawa has called for extension of support to the patients to overcome the stigma associated with the disease. 'Many parts of India still face the problems of discrimination and a major social stigma is attached to those afflicted with leprosy. After meeting and …
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With e-cigarette usage increasing among the youth, the World Health Organisation on Thursday called on countries to frame regulatory guidelines to keep a tab on their usage. WHO representative Angela Patt said the size of the e-cigarette market will increase rapidly in coming years, and currently there is little research on the health impact of the long-term use of e-cigarettes. 'The market of …
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India's Poonam Khetrapal Singh was elected the regional director of the WHO's southeast Asian region on Thursday. An Indian has regained the post after a gap of 44 years. The post was last occupied by an Indian in 1968. The present incumbent Samlee Plianbangchang is from Thailand and has served for 10 years now.  Khetrapal Singh was elected here during the ongoing meeting of the health …
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World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan on Wednesday slammed the tobacco industry for 'sabotaging' the vote on a strong European law on tobacco. 'Unfortunately, many countries give more importance to tobacco as an issue for trade and commerce than as a severe threat to health,' Chan said, while addressing a gathering at the International Conference on Public Health …
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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, together with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) inaugurated the ’International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco’ in the presence of Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday called for replacing solid fuels like coal and wood with cleaner ones like cooking gas and electricity in households in order to check respiratory diseases.  Household air pollution is a major contributor to death due to lower respiratory tract infections in children and chronic respiratory disorders in adults, the WHO said.  In India, more than …
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Despite effective, evidence-based tobacco control policies, reduction in smoking prevalence in developed countries has started to slow down and smoking continues to increase in many low-and middle income countries. This disturbing trend has sparked interest among public health experts to propose innovative and even dramatic ‘endgame’ strategies to address the global tobacco epidemic. With …
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A total of 6,000 vials of yellow fever vaccine were distributed in India in July to tide over its shortage, the Lok Sabha was informed. In addition, the government ordered for 2.57 lakh doses from the World Health Organisation, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Tuesday. The first consignment of 128,530 doses was received at the Central Research Institute at Kasauli in Himachal …
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Following media reports that illegal mammography tests to detect cancer were conducted among young women in Punjab, the central government has sought a report from the state over the alleged violation of WHO norms. Federal Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Santosh Chaudhary wrote to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal saying that it had been reported in a section of the media …
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India is all set to host the first edition of International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco from 10th - 12th September, 2013 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. The global conference will host over 100 speakers from more than 30 countries, who will come together to discuss a way forward for cohesive policy environment combined with …
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Putting profit before an infant's health, many baby food giants promote supplementary baby food, mislead mothers, undermine breastfeeding and natural foods, an NGO said on Wednesday. ‘Putting profits before children's health, baby food giants like Nestle, Heinz and Abott woo mothers to give their supplementary food through the label on the container and various websites from four months which …
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Eighteen leprosy-burdened countries, including India, acknowledged the role of multi-drug therapy in helping reduce cases of the bacterial disease across the world. At a three-day summit on leprosy, organised by WHO and the Nippon Foundation in Bangkok, health ministers of these countries - which also included Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand and Brazil - discussed the current leprosy situation and …
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