World Hepatitis Day 2016: Know hepatitis - Act now
On 28 July 2016, WHO observes the World Hepatitis Day and encourages countries to address viral hepatitis.
On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now". The Organization urges everyone to inform themselves about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection.
Sri Lanka celebrates elimination of lymphatic filariasis
World Health Organization presented a certificate to Sri Lanka for eliminating lymphatic filariasis at the event in Colombo on 21 July 2016.
Presenting a citation and plaque to the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicines, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, WHO Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh congratulated Sri Lanka on its wider health sector achievements. “Sri Lanka’s novel initiatives to improve access, quality, coverage and efficiency of the health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage, is leading to massive gains for the health and wellbeing of all Sri Lankans.”
Maldives, first in SEAR to eliminate lymphatic filariasis
World Health Organization today felicitated Maldives for having eliminated lymphatic filariasis. It is the first country in WHO South-East Asia Region and the second globally, after Cuba, to achieve this public health feat.
Maldives achieved elimination of lymphatic filariasis by initially focusing on vector control, identification of cases and patient treatment and later adopting mass drug administration to the entire at-risk population. For more than 200 chronically infected patients who require lifelong care, the government has developed a strong plan to provide morbidity management and disability prevention services that will help ease their suffering.
WHO felicitates India for Yaws, MNT eliminations
World Health Organization today presented certificates to Government of India declaring elimination of yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus in India.
Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh felicitated India’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr J P Nadda in New Delhi on 14 July.
“India’s focussed approach on making maternal and newborn care accessible to all and addressing health care equity more generally has made these remarkable successes possible. These victories are not only India’s but all of humanity’s,” Dr Singh said.
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