Anadolu Ajansı Philippines
Güvenilir haberin kaynağı. Anadolu Ajansı, Türkiye, dünya, ekonomi, spor, sağlık ve teknoloji alanlarındaki haberleri, fotoğraf ve videoları okurlara sunuyor.
250K+ Libyan children at risk from curable diseases - Anadolu Agency
Children less than 1 vulnerable as Libya faces critical shortages in vaccine supplies - Anadolu Agency
ANKARA More than 250,000 Libyan children under one year of age are at risk from vaccine-preventable diseases Libya faces critical shortages in vaccine supplies, two UN agencies said Tuesday. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said the situation has worsened with attacks by warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias, the novel coronavirus pandemic, disrupted health care services, regular power cuts, shortages of safe water supplies and the closure of schools and child-friendly spaces. “For the past two months, access to routine immunization services has been disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, leading to an increased risk of a resurgence of measles and polio outbreaks. There are acute shortages of hexavalent vaccine, which protects against six diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b and viral hepatitis B). Similarly, oral polio vaccine, which is administered at birth and at nine months of age, is in critically short supply,” they said in a joint statement. Children in hard-to-reach and conflict-affected areas are at particular risk because they may have already missed vaccination doses. “WHO and UNICEF are also concerned that many migrant, refugee or internally displaced children may not have received their basic vaccination doses in their country of origin or may have missed the required doses in Libya,” it added. The Libyan government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence. It launched Operation Peace Storm on March 26 to counter attacks on the Tripoli. Following the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya's government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led political deal. Since first appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. The US, Russia, Brazil, and several European countries are currently the hardest-hit in the world. The pandemic has killed more than 321,000 worldwide, with more than 4.86 million confirmed cases, while recoveries have surpassed 1.8 million, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.
Smokers more vulnerable to coronavirus: WHO - Anadolu Agency
World Health Organization warned scientists of claims that tobacco could help protection from COVID-19 - Anadolu Agency
ANKARA Smokers are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than non-smokers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. A review of studies by public health experts convened by the WHO found that smokers are at a higher risk of contracting fatal diseases. “COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs,” the WHO said in a written statement. “Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other diseases,” it added. The WHO also warned researchers, scientists and the media about amplifying claims that tobacco or nicotine could reduce the risk of COVID-19. The statement came after several studies showing that the number of non-smokers was higher among COVID-19 patients compared to smokers. A study by French scientists on the science portal Qeios late April suggested that smoking can be a protective factor against the new coronavirus. The researchers said only 5% of 482 COVID-19 patients at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris on Feb. 28-April 9 were smokers. An earlier study published late March in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed only 12.6% of some 1,099 people infected with the virus were smokers, while the smoking rate in China is around 28%. According to the WHO, tobacco kills more than 8 million people globally every year. More than 7 million of these deaths are from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoking. After originating in China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 187 countries and regions. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions. The pandemic has killed nearly 292,000 people worldwide, with total infections more than 4.26 million, while recoveries surpassed 1.49 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.