Water. It’s life enabling. It’s life enhancing. Yet it can also be life threatening. Every hour more than 40 lives – most often young lives – are cut short by drowning. Children drown in bathtubs, watering holes and rivers; fishermen are carried out to sea; migrants lose their lives in perilous crossings, and capsized ferries result in the drowning of scores of passengers.
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet lead exposure is estimated to account for 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600 000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South- East Asia Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in three West African countries continues unabated and the number of cases and deaths increase exponentially, sending alarm bells ringing across the world. The actions by national governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone supported by the international community have yet to yield desired results. Greater efforts and more resources are being mobilized to reverse the escalating epidemic of this dreadful disease. So far no case of Ebola virus disease is reported in the WHO’s South-East Asia Region.
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