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People lose eyesight after cataract operation in Himachal camp

Chandigarh, Dec 20 : At least ten people have lost their vision after undergoing cataract operation in an eye camp in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district in March this year, said media reports on Saturday. Media reports said those who were operated were from both Himachal Pradesh and Punjab’s Pathankot. The eye camp was held in Kandwal village of Himachal Pradesh ...

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Ebola: ‘Regrettable loss’ caused by warehouse fire in Guinea

New York, Dec 19 : A fire engulfed a United Nations warehouse in Guinea on Thursday that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but “a regrettable loss” in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace. An investigation into the fire was underway. “This is a regrettable loss, but no ...

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Three die of swine flu in Hyderabad: Reports

Hyderabad, Dec 18 : At least three people died in Hyderabad from swine flu, said a report in NDTV. The channel reported that of the dead one is a 25-year-old woman who died after giving birth in a city hospital. Another victim is a 42-year-old man. A third person also died. They were all from Ranga Reddy district. At least ...

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Ebola: UN Secretary-General will visit West Africa to ‘show solidarity with those affected’

New York, Dec 18 : Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he will leave on Wednesday for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak “to show my solidarity with those affected and urge even greater global action” to fight the epidemic, which two United Nations food agencies said could push the number of people facing food insecurity to more than one ...

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Ebola: UN says health workers in Sierra Leone to receive hazard pay using mobile money

New York, Dec 17 : Response workers battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will receive “hazard pay” for the first time in Sierra Leone using mobile money because “unless there is a certain element of incentives, or danger pay, it’s very difficult to attract and retain people,” the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today. “One of the most ...

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At least 14 newborns die in Chhattisgarh hospital since December 1

Bilaspur, Dec 16 : At least 14 infants died in the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) since Dec 1 triggering concerns of the medical authorities about the situation. Earlier, CIMS came to the focal point of controversy last month after as many as 13 women died in botched sterilisation drive in Bilaspur. They were all treated there at the ...

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89 percent of smokeless tobacco users stay in South-east Asia

Mumbai, Dec 16 : South-east Asia suffers from tremendous use of smokeless tobacco, with 89 percent of the world’s smokeless users staying here, a report released here said. According to the ‘Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective’ report, three countries (India, Bangladesh and Myanmar) alone are home to 259 million users, 86 percent of the global total. In ...

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UN meeting urges critical improvements to health systems of Ebola-affected countries

New York, Dec 13 : The international community must help Ebola-affected countries reboot their health systems so that they emerge from the current crisis more resilient and more focused on prevention efforts than ever before, a high-level meeting coordinated by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva heard on Friday. “People in Ebola-affected countries are dying – not ...

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Ebola response must include efforts to bolster health systems – UN Economic, Social Council chief

New York, Dec 12 : While the priority is to stop the Ebola outbreak, measures must also ensure that the emergency response is linked to longer-term efforts to strengthen health systems in those countries hit the hardest, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Thursday. Navid Hanif, Director of the ECOSOC Support and Coordination/Department of ...

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UN agency reports record cereal crop as Ebola, conflict threaten food security

New York, Dec 12 : Despite world cereal production likely to reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014, a total of 38 countries are at risk of food insecurity, including 29 in Africa, with food insecurity worsening in several countries due to civil conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola outbreak, according to a United Nations ...

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