LYON, July 6: The World Health Organization's cancer agency on Friday classified talc as "probably carcinogenic" for humans, however an outside expert warned against misinterpreting the announcement as a "smoking gun".

NEW YORK, June 6: The first lab-confirmed case of a bird flu subtype in humans killed a Mexican citizen in late April, officials from the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, May 12: A beauty pageant is to be held among transgender women in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The government has shown leniency towards the cigarette and tobacco industry, despite pressure from various international bodies and domestic research centers to raise taxes on these products.

GENEVA, March 28: The World Health Organization (WHO) launched on Wednesday a new network for coronaviruses, CoViNet, for early and accurate detection, monitoring and assessment of SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV and novel coronaviruses of public health importance.

KATHMANDU, March 7: In a significant move to enhance early detection and management of critical health conditions in newborns, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched implementation guidance for universal screening in the South-East Asia Region on Tuesday. The initiative focuses on screening newborns for hearing impairment, eye abnormalities and neonatal jaundice to prevent disabilities resulting from these conditions.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated Nepal for restricting levels of industrially produced trans-fatty acids in the food supply through legislation, a critical step toward promoting health and safeguarding lives.

About a year ago, I had the chance to attend an academic dialogue focused on the Dalit Movement. That dialogue struck a chord in me, prompting a question: Have there been any academic dialogues specifically addressing disability issues extensively?

Nov 23 (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities have not detected any unusual or novel pathogens and provided the requested data on an increase in respiratory illnesses and reported clusters of pneumonia in children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

NEW DELHI, Nov 1: The World Health Organization on Wednesday selected the daughter of Bangladesh's prime minister to be its South-East Asia director, a month after she rejected criticisms of nepotism over her application.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: A group of 15 distinguished global health experts, including former United Nations officials, public health practitioners, and health rights activists, have issued an open letter urging the Member Governments of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEARO) to make a conscientious and informed choice when selecting the next Regional Director for the SEARO. The experts urged nations to avoid "narrow political manoeuvering" and "go beyond bilateral promises and political interests" while making conscience-driven choices.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: It's monsoon time. Air pollution has decreased due to rain. Although there is not much discussion, an international report has shown that air pollution in Nepal has a serious impact on public health leading to a significant reduction in the average life expectancy of Nepalis.

JANAKI, July 21: The prevalence of cervical cancer is going unchecked in Nepal. In Nepal, around 10,000 patients with cervical cancer are added every year, according to the Child Health Division, the Department of Health Services.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Minister for Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet has left early today for Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 76th World Health Assembly, the decision-making body the World Health Organization (WHO).

LONDON, May 5: COVID-19 no longer represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Friday, a major step towards the end of the pandemic that has killed more than 6.9 million people, disrupted the global economy and ravaged communities.

Malaria continues to be a major life-threatening disease caused by five species of Plasmodium malaria parasites transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheline mosquito.

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

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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

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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.