Tuesday January 21, 2020

Zika Threat: WHO rejects the call to postpone or move Olympics from Rio

The letter to WHO is signed by 150 international scientists, doctors and medical ethicists from such institutions as Oxford University and Harvard and Yale universities in the United States

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FILE - A municipal worker prepares insecticide to be sprayed at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016. The Sambadrome will be the site of the archery competition during the Rio Olympics. Image source: Reuters
  • Zika virus also is linked to serious birth defects
  • The outbreak began in Brazil a year ago in 2015
  • Abnormal small heads are seen in newborn babies affected with the virus

Good news for people who are eagerly waiting for 2016 Olympics. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected a call to move or postpone this summer’s Rio Olympic Games over the Zika outbreak, reported BBC.

Zika virus also is linked to serious birth defects. WHO said that delaying the Olympics or shifting it from Rio would “not significantly alter” the spread of the virus.

Renowned scientists from all over the world wrote an open letter to WHO saying that the global health body should go through the new Zika guidance and that the new findings about the virus has made it “unethical” for the Games to go ahead.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it sees no reason to delay or move the Games because of the mosquito-borne disease.

More than 60 countries and territories are continuing with the transmission, while the  outbreak began in Brazil a year ago.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on the latest research and forecasts on the Zika virus, May 26, 2016. Image source: AP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on the latest research and forecasts on the Zika virus, May 26, 2016. Image source: AP

While mild symptoms are seen in people affected with Zika, in the letter, the experts mention it causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and may also cause a rare and sometimes fatal neurological syndrome in adults.

This letter is signed by 150 international scientists, doctors and medical ethicists from such institutions as Oxford University and Harvard and Yale universities in the United States.

They cite the failure of a mosquito-eradication programme in Brazil, and the country’s “weakened” health system as reasons to postpone or move the Olympics in “the name of public health”.

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JNU – A Hotbed of Evil Agendas And Propaganda

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals

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Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

BY SALIL GEWALI

Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia.
Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academic institutions like JNU?

The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU. The news spread like wildfire in no time. Now, after a few days of deep investigation, the Delhi police have come up with evidence which is just the opposite of what was vehemently set forth by certain media people and columnists at the beginning. Without a very serious thought and possible contrary outcome one journalist ranted — “who killed Gandhi can also kill students”. He was spitting venom against all those who believe in patriotic values. No denying, the father of the nation was killed by Nathuram Godse and he was hanged on 15 Nov. 1949 for his unpardonable sin. Is it not total “stupidity” to blame the entire associations/families with which Godse was associated? A son is a drug addict, can we blame the parents or entire family, and also his ancestors and clans? Prince Andrew of England is allegedly found to be involved in a series of sexual misconduct. Can we now mindlessly blame and malign the image of the whole Buckingham Palace and Duke of Edinburgh..? But in India so-called journalists “reserve their right” to criticize, ridicule those all who show concerns for the Nation and work for its integrity.

 Incidentally, while the grievous injuries of the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh switched from right hand to the left hand, albeit mirror image.., it was not the “comedy of errors” of JNU. But, as the administrative machinery of the entire University has continuously been trampled upon and disrupted, I daresay, it is a “tragedy of the academy” now. Here the academy not for the excellence but for the free-thinking for the “worse”! And, what do you call it when all such outrageous vandalism and brutalities by the students with particular leanings are “defended”? Is it not a very dangerous trend and unbecoming of any dignified institutions of higher studies? Mere a few screams of “false victimhood”, vis-à-vis vandalism, have drawn the attention of the celebrities directly from Bollywood. Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

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The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU.

Needless to say, over the years we have noticed that the “support” comes with a vengeance if the outcry of protests has the overtone of hostility and “treason”. Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause. What does it mean when the responsible citizens make the mockery of the country’s sovereignty? Yes, these all unpatriotically vicious actors, actresses and intellectual elites are the role models for our youths these days. Just be serious and think about what kind of thoughts our children will develop on their minds and what we can expect from them for the nation.

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Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause.

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals, senselessly inciting the violence and terrors. For some of the political leaders, JNU crises have come as opportunities to destabilize the country or cause misunderstanding and division among various communities. If we believe some of the articles by certain senior journalists, it can be well concluded that “education” does not always make one sane and civilized. Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia. Who all are responsible for this depraved mess? Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academia and society? Is it not time to say enough is enough?

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Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali