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Global virus emergency as death toll hits 213

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The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported Friday the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections. The UN health agency based in Geneva had initially downplayed the threat posed by the disease, but revised its risk assessment after crisis talks. “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing in Geneva on Thursday, reports AFP. “We must all act together now to limit further spread… We can only stop it together.”

Life expectancy rises to 72

Life expectancy at birth increased to 72 years last year in Bangladesh from 71.6 years in 2016, according to a survey of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). bd-childFor women, life expectancy increased to 73.5 years in 2017 from 72.9 years in 2016, says the survey titled Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2017. However, in comparison to women, the life expectancy of men increased a little between 2017 and 2016. In 2017, men's life expectancy was 70.6 years whereas it was 70.3 years in 2016. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa ...

World Health Assembly in Geneva

The 71st World Health Assembly began today with the aim to overcome barriers to ensure universal health coverage of the mankind across the world. Swiss President Alain Berset officially inaugurated the WHO assembly at the UN building in Geneva, BSS reports . The assembly is scheduled to be held from May 21 to 26. Heads of 194 member states and governments along with health ministers and officials concerned are taking part in the Healthassembly. Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim will ...

Community clinics take care of 12cr patients

Women in Bangladesh wait their turns to be examined by a traditional birth attendant. New technology could save the lives of mothers and newborns. The public is invited to vote to help provide funding to develop that technology.
As the number of patients is increasing at community clinics in rural areas of the country, some 12 crore people received healthcare facilities in 2016. “There are 13,236 community clinics in the country. Now, 80 to 90 percent rural people are receiving treatment facilities from community clinics,” an official of Community Clinics Programme told BSS. While talking to BSS, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said, “Community clinic project is an important outcome of visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. [caption id="attachment_18339" align="alignleft" width="576"]

Dettol-Channel i Porichchonno Bangladesh launched

The ‘Dettol-Channel i Porichchonno Bangladesh’ Campaign is being launched nationwide to spread awareness regarding well-being and hygiene among the people of the country. People from all walks of life are being called to participate in the campaign which was launched on February 9, 2017. This information was given out in a press conference held at the Hotel Westin on 09 February, 2017. Present in the conference were representatives of Channel i, representatives from Reckitt Benckiser (makers of Dettol), their partners for this campaign Professor Abdullah Abu

BD falls short in tackling childhood stunting

Scampering up the wall of his tin shack in Bangladesh’s capital, three-year-old Rozzob Ali has the same combination of mischief, charm and boisterous energy as many other boys. But the fourth of five children, all born in a Dhaka slum, Ali shows one danger sign - at 80 centimetres tall, he is a good 10 cms shorter than the ideal height for a boy his age. Poverty and a diet of mostly boiled rice or mashed potato are partly to blame for his stunting, bd-childwhich is caused by a lack of nutrients, protein, vitamins and ...