WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people. WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 percent of cases and more than 70 people have died. Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways. WHO said Friday a vaccination campaign targeting 2.7 million Yemeni children ...

World Health Organization reverses Mugabe goodwill ambassador appointment

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, saying it was in the “best interests” of the UN agency.“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of HE President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result, I have decided to rescind the appointment”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

Cholera epidemic in Yemen causes 22 deaths in five days

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced another 22 deaths within the last five days caused by cholera in Yemen. The reported numbers affirm a total of 1,997 deaths starting from the end of April last year. As of Saturday evening, the number of Cholera cases stands at 527,000. READ ALSO: Yemen’s cholera death toll rises to 1,500: WHO The WHO report also noted that Yemen’s Sanaa and Al Hudaydah governorate, located in the west of the country, have the highest rate of ...

80% of Yemen children in need of immediate aid: UN

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A vicious combination of war, cholera and hunger has left 80 percent of Yemeni children in desperate need of aid, the United Nations said on Wednesday.“Nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s children need immediate humanitarian assistance,” the executive directors of three UN agencies said in a joint statement released at the end of a two-day visit. “Nearly two million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished. Malnutrition makes them more susceptible to cholera. Disease creates ...

Yemen’s cholera death toll rises to 1,500: WHO

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war, making it a breeding ground for the disease, which spreads by feces getting into food or water and thrives in places with poor sanitation. Speaking at a joint news conference with representatives ...

Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel - far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. As the cash-strapped UN health agency has pleaded for more money to fund its responses to health crises worldwide, it has also been struggling to get its own travel costs under control. Despite introducing new rules to ...

More than half of world’s deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

More than half of all deaths have no recorded cause, making effective health monitoring and policymaking far more difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.However, improved collection of statistics meant that 27 million of the world’s 56 million estimated deaths in 2015 were registered with a cause compared with only about a third in 2005, the UN health agency’s latest global health report said.The WHO said several countries, including China and Turkey, had ...

Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO

Saturday, 19 November 2016

WHO announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency

More than three million Saudis suffer from diabetes

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Type two diabetes represents 90% of all diabetes cases in the Saudi kingdom

Toll revealed: Alcohol behind 5 percent of new cancer cases

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) lists alcohol as a ‘group 1 carcinogen’

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