‘Trusting increase’ in deadly cholera, Tedros warns, in comprehensive global health update – Global Issues

So far, 63 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus infection have been reported, including 29 deaths; 10 infected health workers, four of whom died; and four people who have recovered and are receiving follow-up care.

“WHO has released $2 million from our Emergency Emergency Fund (CFE), and we are sending additional specialists, supplies and resources,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the press conference in Geneva.

While the vaccinations that have curbed Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo are ineffective against the tribe now operating in Uganda, two vaccines in development could start clinical trials in the coming weeks, pending government approval.

Pakistan: Diseases after the flood

Although deadly floods in Pakistan are no longer rising, the dangers are increasing, Tedros said.

“More than 1,500 lives have been lost to the floods, but many more could be lost to disease in the coming weeks without a massive and urgent international response,” he warned.

The countries catastrophic floods damaged about 10 percent of health facilitiesleaving millions of people without access to medical care, supplies and access to services.

Amid new outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue, WHO is focusing on supporting people in camps, people living on the roadside, individuals cut off by flooding and populations returning to their devastated villages and homes. .

In addition to the $10 million released by the CFE, the WHO has called for $81.5 million to support vaccinations and other life-saving health services in response to the unprecedented disaster.

Tedros quoted the UN chief as saying, “This is not about generosity, this is about justice.”

Omicron: ‘Like chasing shadows’

Several European countries are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, he told the media, but with the vaccines and therapies now available, “deaths don’t have to.”

“Omicron remains the dominant variant globally,” the WHO chief continued, adding that while more than 300 subvariants are being tracked worldwide, weak surveillance, testing and sequencing make tracking the virus “like chasing shadows.”

Meanwhile, he noted that flu season is starting in the Northern Hemisphere. Measures to curb COVID-19 are also helping to reduce the flu and he reminded everyone to “please, get your flu vaccine”.

The unwelcome return of cholera

After years of declining cholera cases, the past year has seen a “worrying increase” in deadly outbreaks around the world — including in 27 countries since January.

According to limited data, the senior UN official said that the average case death rate so far this year is almost three times higher than in the past five years.

“More than 10,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in Syria in the past six weeks. And in Haiti, after more than three years without cholera cases, two cases were officially reported this week‘ he detailed.

Tedros acknowledged that many do not have access to simple interventions, such as vaccines, safe water and sanitation, oral rehydration or antibiotics for more severe cases.

“Cholera thrives on poverty and conflict, but is now being turbocharged by climate change,” he said, while those drivers also “reduce access to clean water and create the ideal environment for the spread of cholera,” he explained.

In Haiti, for example, there are some cases in inaccessible areas controlled by armed gangs.

Although deadly, the disease is preventable and treatable with proper planning and action, Tedros said.

Deadly Medical Warning

WHO has issued a medical product warning for: four contaminated cough and cold syrups produced in India by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited that may have been linked to acute kidney injury in the Gambia, including the death of 66 children.

As the WHO is investigating with the company and regulatory authorities in India, Tedros recommends that all countries remove these products from circulation.

“Emergencies are an unfortunate fact in life. We may be able to prevent some of them, but we cannot prevent them all,” the WHO chief concluded. “But by investing in strong health systems at the local level, we can mitigate the impact of emergencies and save many lives.”

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