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Brazil’s COVID-19 cases crosses 1 million mark

On 19th June, Brazil has confirmed that the country’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1 million, second only to the United States. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is still downplaying the risks of the on-going pandemic despite facing nearly 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 in last 3 months, saying that the impact of lockdown on the country’s economy ..

WHO: world is in new and dangerous phase of COVID-19 pandemic

On June 19, 150,000 COVID-19 cases were reported. This is the highest in a single day. Nearly half of these cases are in Americas. Director General Tedros stated the virus is still spreading fast and that most people are still susceptible. He urged people to maintain social distancing and “extreme vigilance”. According to Reuters, 8.53 ..

World Sickle Cell Day observed on June 19

World Sickle Cell Day is observed on 19th June each year to create awareness about sickle cell at a national and international level. In 2008, the disease was recognised by the UNGA as a public health problem and “one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases”. It is a genetic blood disorder where the blood cells ..

IMF to give $50 billion to combat coronavirus

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it will provide 50 billion dollars through its rapid-disbursing emergency financing facilities. The fund is to be given for low income and developing countries to combat the spread of coronavirus. 10 billion dollars of the fund is available at zero interest for the poorest members under the ..

Climate change is damaging health of children: Lancet report

According to the new report published in the Lancet, scientists and health experts warn that children across the world will suffer from infectious diseases, malnutrition and air pollution worsened by climate change. ‘The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is a comprehensive yearly analysis tracking progress across 41 key indicators. The annual project is ..

Premature deaths in India: Study

An analysis published in The Lancet Global Health, which looked at about 9.7 million deaths in India in 2017, found that every condition that was common in one part of India was uncommon elsewhere. The Northeastern states, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh account for 44% of India’s cancer ..

World Pneumonia Day: 12 November

On 12 November, the world observes World Pneumonia Day. World Pneumonia Day is being marked every year since 2009. The day was hosted by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia for the first time in 2009. This year the theme for World Pneumonia Day is “healthy lungs for all” to raise awareness, promote prevention and ..

Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey

The study “Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey” was commissioned by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The study was carried out between February 2016 and October 2018. About 1.12 lakh children and adolescents (0-19 years) were covered for height and weight measurements, and biological samples from 51,029 children (1-19 years) were taken from all ..