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WHO: Mothers with Covid-19 can breastfeed

Breastfeeding mothers who have Covid-19 can still breastfeed their infants, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. He noted that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of infection. "WHO recommends that mothers with suspected...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 12:26pm

Africa rallies behind WHO to wave off attacks on its leadership

African leaders have expressed solidarity with the World Health Organisation (WHO) after the global institution came under intense criticism over the coronavirus pandemic.  The US President tweeted on Wednesday that his country was considering suspending contributions to the WHO over what...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 7:50pm

Spanish army finds bodies in nursing homes among residents

MADRID -- Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes have found, to their horror, some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people that authorities suspect have died from the new coronavirus. Prosecutors have launched a judicial probe. Defense Minister Margarita Robles...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:43pm

Coronavirus: Burkina Faso records first death in sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso Wednesday, March 18, became the first Sub-Saharan African country to report a fatality from COVID-19 since its outbreak. Addressing the press, Burkina Faso's national coordinator for response to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, said that: “We recorded the death...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8:38pm

Basic protective measures against coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 9:24am

Debunking 10 myths around COVID-19

With more than 3, 300 deaths and 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China where cases of unusual pneumonia were perceived. The terrifying novel virus prompted China to alert the World Health Organisation (WHO) on December 31....

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 8:59am

Coronavirus death toll hits 1,000 as WHO convenes emergency meet

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on Tuesday as the World Health Organisation convened a global research and innovation forum to mobilize international action in response to the deadly outbreak. The forum, being held Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, is organised in...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:51pm

Ebola vaccine approved in Europe

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday, November 12, prequalified the Ebola vaccine, Ervebo, paving the way for its use in high-risk countries such as DR Congo and its neighbours. Prequalification, widely known as “pre-qual” means that the vaccine meets WHO standards for quality,...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:04pm

WHO, ITU unveil new int'l standard for hearing-safe audio devices

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) issued on Tuesday a new international standard for the manufacture and use of personal audio devices, including smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening. The standard was developed under...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:24am

Africa on track to eliminate NTDs

Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in Africa by 2020 is within reach thanks to efforts from governments, private sector players, civil society organisations and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This was observed by by Matshidiso Moeti, the Regional Director for Africa at WHO. She...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:18pm

How battle to quit smoking can be won

Steve Maina has struggled with tobacco addiction for over a decade. During this period, he has tried twice to stop smoking using commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to no avail. “I usually take the treatment drugs but end up backsliding along the way – after just a few months. I...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:31pm

New drug to save thousands of women’s lives from post-childbirth bleeding: WHO

GENEVA –The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that a new formulation of drug preventing excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Currently, the WHO recommends oxytocin as the first-choice...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 12:32am

Keeping children cold-free

Health experts say that children have a low immune system; therefore, they are prone to falling sick more often than adults. One of the most common illnesses in very young children is a cold. This, experts say, can be prevented if good hygiene is maintained, among other factors. Professor Joseph...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 4:00am

Kagame backs WHO proposal on universal health coverage

President Paul Kagame has backed the proposal by World Health Organisation (WHO) to prioritise universal healthcare in their short-term plan. Kagame called on countries to recognise universal health coverage as an opportunity and not a burden as some may perceive it. He was speaking on Monday at...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:12am

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