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New drug to save women’s lives from post-childbirth bleeding says World Health Organization

A study has found that new drug carbetocin can prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth thus saving the lives of thousands of women.

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Playing too hard

WHO classification of gaming as an addiction points to challenges of intricate half-lives, lived out on consoles

A drive to clean air

Electric vehicles can reduce urban pollution significantly. India needs to offer monetary incentives and other subsidies to manufacturers.

WHO commends India for reducing maternal mortality ratio by 77 per cent

India has registered a significant decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio, recording a 22 per cent reduction in such deaths since 2013, according to a Sample Registration System bulletin released earlier this week.

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Battling Nipah: A month later, Kerala seems to be over the hump but officials can’t lower their guard

A month after the death of the first suspected victim, Kerala seems to be over the hump, having kept off a second wave of infection. But the 2,500 people in quarantine, doctors manning isolation wards, and officials can’t afford to lower their guard. The Indian Express reports from a state on high alert.

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WHO to adopt digital health initiative by India: Nadda

India has fast tracked many initiatives aimed at achieving all the four tenets of UHC that is strengthening health systems, improving access to free medicines and diagnostics and reducing catastrophic healthcare spending.

India push for Ayush and yoga at World Health Assembly

The Indian government is set to hold three more yoga sessions in the UN during the week-long assembly.

Congo, U.N. agencies deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

Congo, UN agencies deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

The disease — most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels — has already spread to three separate locations covering 60 km (37 miles) or more in Equateur province.

Mass vaccination may not prevent Ebola outbreaks

Mass vaccination may not prevent Ebola outbreaks

The findings come as the World Health Organisation has announced a new Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Kongo.

India has 14 of world’s 20 most polluted cities, Kanpur tops the list

The WHO report estimated that nine of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Further, according to WHO’s study, ambient air pollution caused about 4.2 million deaths globally in 2016.

Accelerate efforts to end rabies: WHO to India, South East Asian countries

Rabies is a viral disease that occurs in more than 150 countries and territories and is usually fatal once symptoms appear. Dog-transmitted rabies accounts for about 99 per cent of human rabies cases.

North India has the foulest air in the world, says the WHO — this is why

According to WHO, 14 of the world’s 15 cities with highest levels of PM 2.5 in 2016 were in 7 Indian states. Geography has a big role in this situation.

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Govt has made ‘serious’ efforts to curb air pollution: Environment Minister after World Health Organisation’s report

In a statement, the ministry said as most of the polluted cities lie around Delhi and along the Indo-Gangetic plain, it is critical that the respective state governments are sensitised to take up urgent action on cleaning air.

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Nationalists claiming MNC hand in vaccines actually hurting Indian firms: WHO top officer

In a letter to PM Modi, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the RSS, had alleged that advocacy groups of dubious antecedents and an official in the Health Ministry were “lobbying for the use of vaccines such as HPV vaccine.

WHO appeals for contributions for health services to Rohingya refugees

WHO appeals for contributions for health services to Rohingya refugees

The plan aims to ensure continuity of health services during rains and floods to minimise the risk of disease and deaths among the affected population, a WHO statement said.