Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness WHO calls for commitment, focused efforts to eradicate tropical diseases

WHO calls for commitment, focused efforts to eradicate tropical diseases

By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The World Health Organization has given call on Thursday to work towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTD) like kala-azar, leprosy, yaws, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis that affects the people of South-East Asia.

who.siWhile speaking at a meeting of health ministers and health ministry officials from the 11 member countries in Dili in Timor-Leste, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the regional director of WHO South-East Asia, said: “Though called neglected diseases, these are diseases of the people who are neglected, the poorest of the poor. Strong political commitments and renewed and focused efforts centered on the affected population are needed to control, eliminate, and eradicate these diseases.”

Regarding the elimination of these NTDs, Singh added: “Stronger surveillance for early detection, appropriate treatment for prevention and cure of all the affected and at-risk population is the mainstay of the NTD elimination strategies.”

NTDs are serious diseases that may disable, disfigure, or even cause deaths of the affected people. Though considerable progress has been made with respect to diseases like leprosy, they are still endemic in South-East Asian countries.

Around 155,000 cases of leprosy were reported in the region in 2013 which was around 73% of the global cases. India alone reported 126,000 cases of leprosy in 2013. Similarly, the South-East Asia region reports 10,000 new cases of kala-azar every year. The disease is endemic in parts of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The situation is similar in the case of lymphatic filariasis as well. Around 60 million people in the region are affected by the disease, which accounts for around 50% of the global cases.

(With inputs from IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

18,965FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,783FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Varun Dhawan Expresses Loneliness on Social Media

Actor Varun Dhawan has been in a lonely mood this Monday. He took to Instagram to share a picture from one of his photo shoots....

Sachin Tendulkar Lends Support to a Cause Dedicated to Help Slum Dwellers

Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar recently came forward to support a cause dedicated to ensure that essentials duly reached slum dwellers during the COVID-19...

Childhood Trauma Linked to Faster Ageing

Children who suffer trauma from abuse or violence early in life show biological signs of ageing faster than children who have never experienced adversity,...

Old Branch of Immune System May Influence Covid-19 Severity

One of the immune system's oldest branches, called complement, may be influencing the severity of Covid-19 disease, say researchers. The study, published in the journal...

Experts’ Advice: Be Careful of Fake Anti-Covid Drug Ads

By Bharat Upadhyay With India crossing 18 lakh cases in seven months, fake drugs to fight the coronavirus abound in the market, their advertisements cover...

US Virologists Report Possible Therapeutic Treatment for SARS-CoV-2

As the world scrambles to find a cure for the novel coronavirus, virologists in the US have reported a possible therapeutic treatment for SARS-CoV-2,...

Bhumi Pujan to End 28-year Fast of This Jabalpur Woman

By Sandeep Pauranik On August 5, when the 'Bhumi Pujan' for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will take place, a 81-year-old Urmila...

Dreams of this IPS Officer Come True With Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya

By Sandeep Pauranik As preparations gather momentum for the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, many...

Recent Comments