LONDON, May 31: The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission.

GENEVA, May 28: World Health Organisation said on Friday that Monkeypox cases have risen across the world taking the total number of infections to 200 and cases have been reported across 20 countries.

Monkeypox cases have been reported around the world in recent weeks. More than 80 cases of Monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries. The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated and more cases are likely to be reported.

Coronavirus behaves in mysterious ways. Once affected, it is difficult to fathom when one can be completely relieved of the virus. While some people recover from it, as per the WHO estimation 10 to 20% of those affected get symptoms even weeks and months after the infection.

LONDON, May 21: The World Health Organization was holding an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox, a viral infection more common to west and central Africa, after over 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe.

Monkeypox cases jumped to seven infections in total, with three in London and one in North East England. Urgent investigations are underway to establish links between the latest four cases, although there seems to be no connection yet to the cases announced on May 7 and May 14.

KATHMANDU, April 24: The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to support Nepal in strengthening the country’s health emergency preparedness and priorities of the health sector.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has left Kathmandu today for Geneva, Switzerland, wrapping up his three-day official visit to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 22: Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today.

KATHMANDU, April 21:  Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in Nepal on Thursday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, April 21: Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is arriving in Nepal on Thursday.

WHO Director General coming to Nepal

April 20, 2022 08:08 am

KATHMANDU, April 20: At the invitation of Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada, Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is coming on a visit to Nepal on April 21.

GENEVA, March 18: A World Health Organization spokesperson said on Friday that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was a long way off, citing a rise in cases in its latest weekly data.

March 11: The World Health Organization advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country's public health laboratories to prevent "any potential spills" that would spread disease among the population, the agency told Reuters on Thursday.

Feb 15: A new wave of infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is moving towards the east of Europe, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, urging authorities to improve vaccination and other measures.

ZURICH, Feb 6; The head of the World Health Organization said on Saturday he had discussed with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the need for stronger collaboration on the origins of COVID-19, a subject of controversy that has strained Beijing's relations with the West.

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 4: The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron has been found in five African countries, a World Health Organization scientist said on Thursday, adding she was concerned about the development because samples of BA.2 may not be spotted as a form of Omicron.

Feb 3: Many countries have not reached their peak in cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus and measures imposed to curb its spread should be eased slowly, the World Health Organization's technical lead on COVID-19 said on Tuesday.

GENEVA, Jan 25: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant would herald the end of COVID-19's acutest phase, exhorting nations to stay focused to beat the pandemic.

COPENHAGEN, Jan 12: The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is on track to infect more than half of Europeans, but it should not yet be seen as a flu-like endemic illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Nepal has failed to implement fully the regulations to minimize the negative impacts of a rampant selling of alcoholic beverages despite the country abiding by the 2010 resolution of the World Health Organization (WHO).

BERLIN, Dec 30: The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that he’s worried about the omicron and delta variants of COVID-19 producing a “tsunami” of cases between them, but he’s still hopeful that the world will put the worst of the pandemic behind it in 2022.

GENEVA, Dec 21: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday called on the world to pull together to end the COVID-19 pandemic within the next year.

GENEVA, Dec 14: The Omicron coronavirus variant, reported in more than 60 countries, poses a "very high" global risk, with some evidence that it evades vaccine protection but clinical data on its severity is limited, the World Health Organization says.

GENEVA, Dec 10: The World Health Organization warned wealthy countries on Thursday against hoarding COVID-19 vaccines for booster shots as they try to fight off the new Omicron variant, threatening supplies to poorer countries where inoculation rates are low.

The identification of the Omicron variant has sparked growing concerns over its unusually high number of mutations and rapid spread in South Africa. The United States restricted travelers from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday. It joined at least 10 other countries restricting travel from the region, including Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Singapore.

DAKAR, Dec 7: Healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic helped malaria kill 69,000 more people in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

MANILA, Philippines, Dec 3: World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic.

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1: The Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta variant, the director of South Africa's communicable disease institute said on Tuesday.

GENEVA, Nov 30: The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have "severe consequences" in some places, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

LONDON, Nov 11: The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that coronavirus deaths rose by 10% in Europe in the past week, making it the only world region where both COVID-19 cases and deaths are steadily increasing. It was the sixth consecutive week that the virus has risen across the continent.

Suicide: A mental health issue

September 14, 2021 17:43 pm

To be called a healthy person, one has to be mentally healthy as well. But sadly, mental health is still not considered as a component of health by many people in Nepal. Mental health is a big issue all over the world and it should be prioritized in Nepal also.

KATHMANDU, September 8: The World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to the countries in the South East Asia to continue with the regular vaccination along with the ongoing anti-COVID-19 drive.

August 5: The World Health Organization is calling for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens.

BRUSSELS, August 4: The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking $11.5 billion in urgent funding to fight the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus, a draft report seen by Reuters shows, amid worries wealthy nations are partly bypassing its COVID-19 programmes.

KATHMANDU, August 2:  Marking the ‘World Breastfeeding Week’, UNICEF and the WHO have maintained that breastfeeding is the key to eliminate malnutrition among young children.

GENEVA, July 31: The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

BEIJING, July 23: China cannot accept the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday.

GENEVA, July 13: The World Health Organization's chief scientist has advised individualsagainst mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, saying such decisions should be left to public health authorities.

ZURICH/BENGALARU, July 8: World Health Organization emergencies head Michael Ryan urged countries on Wednesday to use extreme caution when lifting COVID-19 restrictions so as "not to lose the gains you've made".

ZURICH, July 7: The World Health Organization on Tuesday recommended using arthritis drugs Actemra from Roche (ROG.S) and Kevzara from Sanofi (SASY.PA)with corticosteroids for COVID-19 patients after data from some 11,000 patients showed they cut the risk of death.

Amid the COVID-19 response, opportunities to prevent, detect, control and treat non-communicable diseases must be fully harnessed

KATHMANDU, June 24: The World Health Organization (WHO) has refuted the claims that a ‘mix and match’ regimen of Vero Cell and AstraZeneca Covishield Vaccine would yield more effective results.

KATHMANDU, June 3: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that no new variant, other than the previously confirmed ones, has been detected in Nepal.

BEIJING, June 2: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in poor countries.

LONDON, June 1: Coronavirus variants with clunky, alphanumeric names have now been assigned the letters of the Greek Alphabet in a bid to simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma.

Legally strong e-commerce?

May 23, 2021 10:19 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in its press briefings and guidelines that overcrowding is the main reason for the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, and it is well known that most countries around the world have used e-commerce as a major weapon in the fight against COVID-19. There are many reasons why home delivery is a safer and better option in controlling the pandemic.

KATHMANDU, May 15: Showing concern over the fast spreading COVID-19 in Nepal, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the country is in need of emergency aid, at a time when the government has failed to take prompt and effective action to address the crisis.

BEIJING, March 29: A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press.

NEW DELHI, March 28: A World Health Organization (WHO)-backed programme to supply coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries expects that the Serum Institute of India (SII) will resume full deliveries of the AstraZeneca shot to it in May, UNICEF said on Saturday.