72nd World Health Assembly adopts resolution on emergency and trauma care

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27 MAY 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland - Delegates to the 72nd World Health Assembly have adopted a resolution on emergency and trauma care aimed at helping countries to ensure timely care for the acutely ill and injured. It is estimated that more than half of deaths in low- and middle-income countries result from conditions that could be treated with prehospital and emergency care, including injuries; infections; acute exacerbations of cancer, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases; and complications of pregnancy. Effective emergency care systems save lives. During the discussions, 22 Member States spoke in support of the resolution, which was tabled by the Governments of Ethiopia and Eswatini and co-sponsored by...
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Singapore reports first case of rare monkeypox virus

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Singapore has reported its first case of the rare monkeypox virus brought in by a Nigerian man who authorities said may have been infected by bushmeat he ate at a wedding. Monkeypox, a virus similar to the human smallpox which was eradicated in 1980, does not spread easily from person to person, but can in rare cases be fatal. Human monkeypox infections have only been documented three times outside of Africa, in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, according to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement late on Thursday that the infected patient was a 38-year-old Nigerian...
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Disaster and Digital Fabrication: Implication of 2015 Earthquake in Nepal

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Even though the concept of digital fabrication is in its infancy,  FabLab Bhutan has already created few positive results including the facilitation of Bhutan’s debut at the FIRST GROBAL Robotics Olympiad in August 2018, the replication of 3D printers, CNC milling machine, and laser cutter.  For the last two years, we have come to see many signboards and restaurant menus in town, which were carved and laser-printed with the help of the machines installed in the FabLab Bhutan. The digital fabrication technology has thus broadened the horizon of Bhutan, enabling rapid prototyping and customized and decentralized production. The skills of the FabLab staff have been enhanced and they have become...
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India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

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India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children. Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up by the government to improve healthcare across the country. “The situation continues to be monitored regularly,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday. The Toronto-based International Association for...
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Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

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Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said. Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's nervous system -- specifically, the spinal cord -- and can cause paralysis. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM. Minnesota typically sees less than one case a year, the state Department of Health reported. The disease typically affects children; all the recent cases in Minnesota were in children younger than 10. AFM can develop from a viral infection, although its exact cause is unknown. Symptoms include limb weakness, facial drooping and trouble swallowing or talking. Doctors stress the importance of recognizing the...
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Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies: WHO

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The World Health Organization today called upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostlychildren and the poor. Eight of the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region account for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies. “Humanrabies is caused mostly by dogs and can be eliminated by increasing awareness about the disease, vaccinating dogs and most importantly by making the already available life-saving rabies vaccines, medicines, tools and technologies affordableand available to...
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