Tag: Health


PAHO — Arresting The Spread Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Imperative

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has called on member countries to take steps to contain the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and rubella, while simultaneously undertaking coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. She said COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to immunization programs in countries across the Americas, noting that “our health systems are stretched, and, in many places, […]


WHO — Essential Health Services Disrupted By COVID-19 In 90% Of Countries

The second round of a World Health Organization “pulse survey” reveals that over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, substantial disruptions persist, with about 90% of countries still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services, marking no substantial global change since the first survey conducted in the summer of 2020. Within countries, however, the magnitude and extent of […]


66% Of Countries Report Major Challenges In Providing Health Care Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), countries are still having to make important decisions when responding to COVID-19 that may negatively affect access to care for other health issues. It noted that redeployment of staff to provide COVID-19 relief and temporary closures of health facilities and services continue. Moreover, it noted that although health facilities may have taken on […]


CDC — STDs At All-time High

New data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that reported annual cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States continued to climb in 2019, reaching an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year. The newly released 2019 STD Surveillance Report found: 2.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, the three most commonly […]


Ecuador’s Health Minister Resigns Amid Alleged Vaccination Scandal

Ecuador’s health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos resigned from his post amid a scandal related to the provision of the covid-19 vaccine to people who are not part of the priority demographic groups.  According to reports, Zevallos allegedly compromised his position by offering several of his relatives, including his 87-year-old mother, doses of the vaccine imported by the government meant for frontline workers. […]


WHO Goodwill Ambassador — “I Have Seen For Myself How Leprosy Has Marginalized Individuals”

FYohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, in a statement noted that it is easy to overlook other diseases, including leprosy amid the COVID-19 dominated headlines. He said leprosy demands urgent attention as there “are still some 200,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide each year. Millions of people are living with some form of disability as a result of leprosy.”  […]


Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Prescription For Fighting Off Dementia

When he’s not on CNN giving updates on the coronavirus, Sanjay Gupta is at his day job, as a neurosurgeon. “I’ve had a longstanding love affair with the brain,” he said. “You’re a brain surgeon — what’s it like to hold it in your hands?” asked CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. “First time I ever operated on […]


COVID-19 Threatening To Hit U.S. Over The Edge

Just days after hitting the mark of 100,000 cases in a day in the U.S., COVID-19 topped out at 160,000 on Thursday. This alarming number has prompted a call from Dr. Anthony Fauci on the country to “double down” on precautions. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years, in reports also noted […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Continue Its Upward Climb

The Ministry of Health & Wellness, in its latest summary report, noted that an additional seven persons have died from the COVID-19 plague in Jamaica, taking the number of fatalities thus far to 146. Additionally, the report noted 95 new confirmed infections, which brings the total number of COVID-19 positive persons to 7,813. Among the latest confirmations, 48 are males […]


Dengue Raises Its Ugly Head In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

The Ministry of Health in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday confirmed that four people, including two children ages four and nine years old, have died due to the outbreak of dengue. Last Tuesday, it had confirmed two deaths, one day after saying that the mosquito-borne viral illness was suspected in four deaths. The health authorities said 432 laboratory-confirmed […]