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Coronavirus do not spread from food: WHO


MNA International Desk: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged people not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers found traces on food and food packaging. The virus was found Tuesday in the Chinese city of Shenzhen during a routine check on samples of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil, city authorities said. The authorities said they immediately screened people who had been in contact with the contaminated products, plus their relatives, and all the tests came back negative. In China’s eastern Anhui province, the mayor of Wuhu announced Thursday that the virus had been ...

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Factory opening depends on COVID-19 situation: BGMEA


MNA Business Desk: President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Thursday said they will try to open the factories on April 26 after considering the corona situation. Talking to The Financial Express on Thursday, Rubana Huq said they will also consult with International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO) and concerned authorities before doing that. On Thursday, 10 people died of coronavirus in Bangladesh, raising the death toll to the highest number in a single day as of now, and 342 were tested positive. The BGMEA president also mentioned that they will try to take the ...

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Europe COVID-19 cases almost at 1m, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO


MNA International Desk: Europe is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organisation’s regional director said on Thursday, reports Reuters. “Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to 1 million,” the WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, told reporters in an online briefing. This meant that about 50 per cent of the global burden of COVID-19 was in Europe, Kluge ...

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COVID-19 threatens Bangladesh economy: ICCB


MNA Business Desk: The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic on March 11 this year, which has now spread to 170 countries and territories and infected over 330,000 people. This number does not adequately show the scale and magnitude of this global crisis, which is not only related to public health but also to the health of the global economy, said a press statement issued by the International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICCB) on Monday afternoon. “Economists are grappling and trying to predict the aftermath of this massive disaster,” said the statement. “No ...

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ICC, WHO to work jointly for fighting COVID-19 pandemic


MNA Editorial Desk: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has reached an unprecedented agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to mobilise ICC private sector network to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, ICC and the WHO issued a joint statement on Wednesday outlining key elements, which include: disseminating the latest and expert advice to businesses, forging collaboration between the private sector, UN and WHO country teams; and providing business insights to help international COVID19 crisis management efforts. Meanwhile, ICC Chair Paul Polman and Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO have written an open letter to the Saudi ...

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Bangladesh in control of Hepatitis B, WHO declares

Hepatitis B

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand has become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, the UN body has announced. It means that prevalence of this deadly disease has dropped to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Unwavering determination to reach every child, everywhere, every time, with life-saving Hepatitis B vaccines through childhood immunization, has made this achievement possible,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia. “These successes are a testimony of the countries’ commitment to health of their people, and the untiring efforts being made ...

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Fogging a ‘myth’ in dengue control: WHO expert


MNA Feature Desk: Source detection of Aedes mosquito breeding is the key to curb dengue fever, says a mosquito expert of the World Health Organisation, with 40 years of experience. Dr B N Nagpal, senior entomologist of WHO Southeast Asia region, also dismissed fogging to kill Aedes mosquito as a “myth”. The mosquito expert came up with the statement at a special briefing organised by the health department, DGHS, in Dhaka on Monday, reports bdnews24.com. “Fogging on the street and open areas is a myth. Clean your own house and spray aerosol in the morning and evening because Aedes rest ...

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Transgender no longer recognized as disorder by WHO


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization’s global manual of diagnoses. The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health. A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is “not actually a mental health condition”. Human Rights Watch says the change will have a “liberating effect worldwide”. In the latest manual, called the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a marked and persistent incongruence between a person’s experienced gender and assigned sex. In the previous ...

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World Hepatitis Day on Saturday

World Hepatitis

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) are observing World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, reported news agency. All member states, including Bangladesh, are conducting different hepatitis awareness events on the occasion, the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh said in a statement. The campaign hopes to eliminate hepatitis or bring viral hepatitis under control by 2030. Currently 325 million men, women and children across the world are living with viral hepatitis. According to the statement, approximately 300 million are unaware that they have the disease. This huge undiagnosed population are at high risk of ...

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World No Tobacco Day today

Tobacco Day

MNA Feature Desk: Coinciding with the observance of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization has warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are “major causes” of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths a year. The theme of this year’s day is ‘Tobacco Attacks Heart: Stay away, Save Lives’. The theme demonstrates link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death and feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed ...

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World Malaria Day today

World Malaria Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Malaria Day is being observed today across the globe to raise awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease, reported news agency. This year’s theme is, “Ready to Beat Malaria”. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria. “Ready to beat ...

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World Cancer Day 2018

World Cancer Day

MNA Feature Desk: On Sunday 4 February, people across the globe will be celebrating World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness of the millions of people world-wide who face unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. This disease has recently been recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leading cause of global morbidity. Currently there is a serious push for urgent action to reduce the rate of premature cancer deaths on a global scale, while cancer leaders, health professionals and supporters across the world call for diagnostic and treatment access to be prioritized. Globally, an ...

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World Health Day observed with theme ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’

World Health Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today is World Health Day and WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression which is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. World Health Day is celebrated on 7th of April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The day provides with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. More than 300 million people ...

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About 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO


MNA Life Style Desk: More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day. “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let’s ...

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2016 is a pivotal year for hepatitis


MNA Feature Desk: 2016 is a pivotal year for viral hepatitis. At the World Health Assembly in May, WHO Member States are set to adopt the first ever Elimination Strategy for Viral form of this disease, with ambitious targets and a goal to eliminate the disease as a public health threat by 2030. The theme for this year’s global campaign is ‘ELIMINATION’. This will be the first time national governments sign up and commit to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis. To mark this historic moment we are using the theme of elimination for WHD 2016, which can be easily ...

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