Prone to multiple hazards, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have pledged to strengthen emergency preparedness capacities by scaling up risk assessment, increasing investments, and enhancing implementation of multi-sectoral plans.
Update I – 28 July 2019 - Nearly 15 000 people, suffering mainly from infectious diseases, have been recorded by Health Emergency Operations Centre, following heavy rainfall and severe floods that started on the 9th of July in Bangladesh. The number of deaths increased to 114 in the 28 affected districts of the country.
Five Upazilas health complexes and 204 community clinics across the country have been inundated or damaged while cases of diarrhoea are rising in the Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Netrokona and Lalmonirhat districts; similar situations are with the Acute Respiratory Infections in Cox’s Bazar, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur and Sunamganj districts, and with skin diseases in Lalmonirhat district.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, with prevalence of the deadly disease dropping to less than one per cent among five-year-old children.
All four countries have consistently recorded over 90% coverage with Hepatitis B vaccine doses provided during infancy for past many years. Studies conducted among five-year old children corroborated the high immunization rates, and that Hepatitis B prevalence in these four countries among children was less than one per cent.