“Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
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The NCDC made this known on Thursday as the World Health Organisation called for attention to the growth in infection rate.
WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, disclosed this on Wednesday at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
The world health body says more than 3,200 cases have been confirmed in 48 countries and in five of its regions globally.
The report had called on the World Health Organisation to investigate the laboratories in Nigeria linked to the US.
First elected in 2017, his re-election by secret ballot was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Ghebreyesus said this at the opening of the World Health Assembly on Sunday at Geneva, Switzerland.
Friday will mark two years since the WHO characterised the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Polio is a contagious infectious disease and can cause paralysis and death.
The global health agency said during its weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 that more than 370 million confirmed cases and more than 5.6 million deaths have been reported worldwide.
The UN health agency on Thursday said 30 African countries – and at least 142 worldwide – had detected the Omicron variant.
Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity, but it is unclear if this is due to the virus’ ability to evade immunity, its inherent increased transmissibility or a combination of both, the WHO said in an update.
The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, revealed this at a news briefing at the WHO headquarters.
In April 2001, African leaders set a target of at least 15 per cent of their countries’ annual budget towards improving the health sector
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said this at a news conference on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York.
Ghebreyesus told the G20 health ministers meeting in Rome that almost 75 per cent of those doses have been administered in just 10 countries, while Africa had the lowest vaccination coverage at two per cent.
Outgoing German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, inaugurated the hub
In its weekly epidemiological update, published on Tuesday, WHO warned that the variant was becoming increasingly prevalent in Colombia and Ecuador and had shown signs of possible resistance to vaccines.
The UN health agency, in its latest update on Wednesday, attributed the uptick to “substantial” caseload increases of 33 per cent in the Western Pacific and 37 per cent in the Eastern Mediterranean – where coronavirus fatalities also rose 48 and 31 per cent, respectively.
Latest data from the UN health agency showed a “substantial” uptick in the Americas and the Western Pacific, which jumped 30 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.