Ebola toll nears 7,000 in West Africa

Washington : The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached around 6,900 in the three most affected countries in West Africa --Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a media report said citing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US senator Chris Coons kicked off their tours of the Ebola-hit region late Thursday evening.

Over three years, 70 pregnant women found HIV+ in Tripura

Agartala : About 70 pregnant women have tested HIV-positive in Tripura in the past three years, an official of the Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS) said here Friday.

"Though, 70 pregnant women have been tested HIV-positive since 2012, if they undergo prescribed treatment available at the government hospitals, the chance of getting HIV infection to their babies will be reduced to a large extent," a TSACS official told IANS.

Ebola killed 6,841, infected 18,464 so far: WHO

Geneva : The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 6,841 people have been killed by the Ebola virus disease so far since its outbreak.

"A total of 18,464 confirmed, suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the US) and three previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal and Spain) as of Dec 14. There have been 6,841 reported deaths," the WHO's report said Monday.

Children in Pakistan villages not given polio drops

Islamabad : Hundreds of children below five years of age have not been given polio drops in villages in Pakistan's Dadu district during successive drives by the health department.

The residents of villages in Karo Kot and Khirthar range Monday said no polio team had reached their areas to administer polio drops to children, Dawn news reported.

Essa Khan Rustamani, a villager, said about 50 children in his village had not been administered drops because no team had arrived there during the drive.

Thai village votes out 48 HIV patients

Bangkok : A village in Thailand has voted to kick out a charity that was housing 48 HIV-positive patients, NGO officials said Monday.

Officials at The Glory Hut Foundation, which helps care for HIV patients, said village heads at the settlement in Chonburi province, around 60 km southeast of Bangkok, have told the charity to leave because the HIV patients were affecting land value and business, The Nation reported.

ASEAN to fight Ebola

Bangkok : Thailand's ministry of public health has organised an international conference here on Ebola-response measures in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

The two-day event, which started Sunday, is being held at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel in Bangkok, The Nation reported.

Those attending include the public health ministers from Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea.

One child dies, 11 ill after eating food in Bihar

Patna : One child died and 11 others fell ill after eating contaminated food during a community dinner in Bihar, officials said Sunday.

The incident was reported from Gerua village in Muzaffarpur district, about 70 km from here.

"Two to three hours after eating at community dinner, 12 children fell ill as they complained of stomach pain followed by loose motion and vomiting," a district official said.

"One child died early Sunday and condition of three children is serious," the official said.

India must improve quality of diagnostics, medicines: WHO

New Delhi: The quality of health services, medicines and diagnostics in the country needs to be improved to make the National Health Assurance Mission (NHAM) a success, WHO representative in India Nata Menabde said Friday.

Speaking at a discussion here with public health experts and advocates on the need to ensure universal access to healthcare in India and across the world, Menabde said India should do more for its citizens to provide them quality healthcare.

Saudi Arabia appoints woman to lead Ebola fight

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has appointed a woman, Tamara Tayeb, to lead the country's fight against the Ebola virus disease, media reported Friday.

Deputy Commander of the Command and Control Centre (CCC) at the Saudi health ministry, Anees Sindi, appointed the centre's first female member, Tayeb, to serve as its Ebola director to boost the organisation’s efforts and responses relating to the disease, the Arab News reported.

Ebola suspect tests negative in Pakistan

Islamabad : A person suspected of having Ebola in Pakistan has tested negative for the disease, media reported Thursday.

Tasawar Hussain, who arrived in Karachi from Liberia via Doha and appeared to be in poor health, was admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Tuesday. He was discharged Wednesday, Dawn online reported.

A PIMS team, headed by Rizwan Qazi, kept the patient under observation for over 24 hours and conducted various tests on him. After he tested negative, he was declared free of Ebola and discharged.