A lesson from Azerbaijan to prevent spread of TB in prisons

In Azerbaijan, a dedicated programme has helped to dramatically reduce rates of TB infection among prisoners and has bolstered treatment outcomes. Building on this success, the country is now home to the world’s only WHO collaborating centre specialising in this subject: the ‘WHO Collaborating Centre on Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Prisons’

A lesson from Azerbaijan to prevent spread of TB in prisonsDespite valuable progress, tuberculosis (TB) remains a major health problem in prisons across the world. Within the WHO European Region, reported TB cases among prisoners are up to 30 times higher than in the general population; people in prisons are more likely to die from TB and less likely to be cured of the disease. […]

2017 witnessed highest global immunisation, reports WHO

While immunisation provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance of a healthy life from the start, statistics suggests that in countries affected by conflicts, it is still a far dream to achieve

2017 witnessed highest global immunisation, reports WHOImmunisation is a building block of strong primary healthcare and universal health coverage. The report published by the WHO published on Monday, 16 July states that, last year registered highest immunisation in the world than in any other year. When more children are being immunised worldwide than ever before; an estimated 19.9 million children under […]

Why protecting our environment is a must for safeguarding health

A recently published report by WHO says that around 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water. It also mentions that globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces

Why protecting our environment is a must for safeguarding healthIn order to have safe health it is necessary to have safe environment. When water is contaminated, it is bound to be a cause behind different diseases. Even as healthcare services are coming up with strategies to deal with water-borne diseases, it is imperative to work on the root cause behind these diseases. The safety […]

WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorder

An inability to control sexual urges leads to people neglecting their health. Sufferers do this despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate Patients must suffer from the disorder for six months and experience distress

WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorderThe World Health Organization (WHO) has declared sex addiction is a mental-health disorder. Known as compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, it is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading to people neglecting their health despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate, according to a report issued by the WHO. Patients must suffer […]

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stay

The report mentions that situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 per cent of hospitalised patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to 7 per cent in high income countries

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stayAccording to a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report highlights that inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or […]

Low quality healthcare increasing burden of illness and health cost

Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank

Low quality healthcare increasing burden of illness and health costToday, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate training and expertise prevail in all countries. The situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10% of hospitalised patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to 7% […]

Evolving with the times, WHO makes significant changes in ICD-11

International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), published by WHO, for the first time classified gaming as a mental health disorder ; has made a new chapter on sexual health; and also added a new chapter on traditional medicine.The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide. It contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death

Evolving with the times, WHO makes significant changes in ICD-11International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), published by WHO, which classifies around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, has for the first time classified gaming as a disorder; has made a new chapter on sexual health; and also added a new chapter on traditional medicine. It provides a common set of information that allows health professionals to […]

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer cases

According to reports published last year in The Lancet, around 422 million adults worldwide live with diabetes, and 2.01 billion adults are overweight or obese. The findings are important for India as, with an estimated 62 million diabetics, it is widely considered the diabetes capital of the world

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer casesResearchers at several institutions worldwide — including Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Lyon, France — have recently established that cancers related to metabolic diseases, especially diabetes and obesity, have an increasingly high incidence. According to the team’s data, […]

‘People should file complaint if a hospital asks for blood’

On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, My Medical Mantra talked with Dr Arun Thorat, Assistant Director of State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC). The officer claims that replacement blood donation in the form of deemed blood donation should be totally stopped

‘People should file complaint if a hospital asks for blood’He also said that people should come and register a former complaint with SBTC, if any of the hospital was found to be charging for more than the processing fee for blood or asks for replacement blood. In an interview with My Medical Mantra, Dr Arun Thorat spoke about the issues affecting the process of […]

Lancet report urges, Nipah virus control needs more than R&D

Nipah virus - an infectious disease, has gained the world’s attention. After the outbreak in south India, it has taken at least 16 lives. A recently published article in The Lancet, mentions that controlling the virus will need more than Research and Development

Lancet report urges, Nipah virus control needs more than R&DNipah virus can also be transmitted from human to human, as in the current south India outbreak, with most cases occurring in family members or health workers caring for individuals sick with the high fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties characteristic of infection. Severe cases can lead to respiratory syndrome, encephalitis, and death- the case fatality […]
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