WHO warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 20, 2019   •   3924

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/SRDJAN ZIVULOVIC.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance around the world.

A recent UN report showed that 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases. Among the 700,000 there are around 230,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

“Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis,” the report reads.

On June 18, the WHO launched a campaign which aims to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. 

The AWaRe tool or Access, Watch, Reserve tool aims to make antibiotic use safer and more effective. The tool specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infections.

Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Assistant-Director General for antimicrobial resistance said tackling antimicrobial resistance requires a careful balance between access and preservation

“The AWaRe tool can guide policy to ensure patients keep being treated, while also limiting use of the antibiotics most at risk of resistance,” she said.—AAC

All people should take precautions against COVID-19: WHO chief

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

Every age group should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from being infected with COVID-19, stated the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a press conference on Thursday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also acknowledged that long-term care facilities are being hit hard by the coronavirus in many countries.

“In many countries, more than 40 percent of COVID-19-related deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities and up to 80 percent in some high-income countries,” said Tedros.

He stated that although seniors are vulnerable to COVID-19, young people face the same risk of being infected.

In some countries, the number of cases increased because young people relaxed their vigilance and didn’t follow precautionary measures.

“Young people are not invincible. Young people can be infected. Young people can die. And young people can transmit the virus to others. That’s why young people must take the same precautions to protect themselves and protect others as everyone else,” said Tedros.

As of 18:03 Central European Summer Time on Thursday, there have been 16,812,755 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 662,095 deaths, reported the WHO. (Reuters)

WHO chief says some COVID-19 spikes due to ‘young letting down guard’

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday (July 30) spikes in the number of new COVID-19 cases in some countries were driven partly by young people letting down their guard, but that the world needed to learn to live with the disease.

“We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible,” WHO director general Tedros told a news briefing in Geneva on Thursday, adding recent “spikes have been driven by young people letting down their guard in the northern hemisphere summer.”

France reported almost 1,400 new cases on Wednesday (July 29), the highest daily increase in more than a month.

Britain reported 763 new confirmed cases on Wednesday. (Reuters)

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Global COVID-19 cases top 16.34 million, death toll surpasses 650,000 on Monday: WHO

UNTV News   •   July 30, 2020

Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 16.34 million and death toll reached 650,805 as of 16:52 CEST Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO coronavirus disease dashboard showed the number of COVID-19 cases in the America is at 8,728,962, covered more than half of the global total.

Europe reported more than 3.26 million cases. Southeast Asia and Eastern Mediterranean reported over 1.83 million and 1.49 million cases, respectively.

Meanwhile the confirmed cases from Africa stood at 726,105, and the Western Pacific at 291,993.

The United States, with the most confirmed cases in the world, reported 33,884 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections up to more than 4.3 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The national death toll reached 148,298, 1,013 cases more than the previous day, the CSSE tally showed.

The state of Florida on Tuesday reported 186 new deaths, a record high since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.

Brazil, second only to the United States both in terms of caseload and death toll, on Tuesday recorded 921 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 88,539.

Meanwhile, tests have detected 40,816 new infections, taking the total caseload to 2,483,191, said its health ministry.

The Autonomous Community of Madrid on Tuesday became the last region in mainland Spain to confirm that wearing a face mask will be mandatory starting from Thursday in all open and closed spaces regardless of whether safe social distancing is or can be practiced.

The Spanish Health Ministry on Monday said that 1,278 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Community of Madrid in the previous week. The new measures aimed at containing the virus include limits on the number of people allowed to meet and on the opening times of late-night bars and discos.

Turkey confirmed 963 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while the total diagnosed cases climbed to 227,982, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Zimbabweans will mark Heroes’ Day and Defense Forces Day without gatherings this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities said on Tuesday. Instead, virtual celebrations will take place over a period of two weeks and will be broadcast by the state broadcaster ZBC.

Zimbabwe has seen a spike in COVID-19 infections over the past week, which rose from 1,713 on July 20 to 2,704 as of Tuesday with 36 deaths.

India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 1.5 million-mark on Wednesday, reaching 1,531,669, the federal health ministry said.

The ministry said 768 new deaths from COVID-19 and 48,513 positive cases were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 34,193 and total cases to 1,531,669. (Reuters)

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