Friday, 07 Oct, 2022


Up to four million Zika cases predicted

DHAKA: The World Health Organization has set up a Zika "emergency team" after the "explosive" spread of the virus.It predicts three to four million people will be infected in the Americas this year, although most will not develop symptoms, reports the BBC.The infection has been linked to

Zika ‘could become explosive pandemic'

DHAKA: US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has "explosive pandemic potential".Writing in a US medical journal, they called on the WHO to heed lessons from the Ebola outbreak and convene an emergency committee of

Pen-sized microscope to easily detect cancer cells

DHAKA: Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, are developing a handheld microscope, roughly the size of a pen, which could allow brain cancer surgeons to "see" at a cellular level in the operating room if tumour cells have been successfully removed."Surgeons don't have a very good

More Brazil babies affected by Zika virus

DHAKA: New figures from Brazil show a further rise in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads to mothers infected with the Zika virus.There have been 3,893 cases of microcephaly since October, when the authorities first noticed a surge, up from 3,500 in last week's

Liberia to be declared Ebola-free

DHAKA: Liberia is to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), effectively putting an end to the world's worst outbreak of the disease.The "end of active transmission" will be declared, after 42 days without a new case in Liberia, reports the BBC.It joins Guinea and

‘1 in 7 Indians is at risk of malaria’

DHAKA: The World Health Organization (WHO) says close to one in seven people in India are at risk of contracting malaria.In a report that should worry public health officials, it says India, along with Ethiopia, Pakistan and Indonesia accounts for 80% of all malaria cases worldwide, but

Passive smoking kills 6 lakh worldwide

RAJSHAHI: About six lakh people die across the world every year for passive smoking. In Bangladesh, women and children are mostly affected by it.Speakers made the remarks while addressing a discussion organized by District Tobacco Control Act Implementation Taskforce Committee in

Non-smoking certificate a must

DHAKA: Non-smoking certificate will be made a must for enrolment in medical colleges from session 2016-17.Health minister Mohammed Nasim made the disclosure to reporters in city on Sunday.He also said it can’t be imagined that a smoker will be a doctor.Meanwhile, some anti-smoking

Guinea to be declared free of Ebola virus

DHAKA: Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there.Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the country and a further 9,000 in Sierra

Autism is not a disease: Saima Wazed

DHAKA: Saima Wazed Hossain, chairperson to national advisory committee on autism affairs and also daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, advised people concerned to change the misconception regarding a child’s disability.She said that there is a need of changing attitude towards

Tk 50,000 health insurance for poor from Jan

DHAKA: Bangladesh government will introduce a Tk 50,000 health insurance to facilitate healthcare for the poor from January.‘From January next year, the health insurance will be formally initiated as pilot project,’ said Health Minister Mohammed Nasim at signing ceremony of deal

BSMMU emergency dept foundation stone laid

DHAKA: The foundation stone of the Emergency Department has been laid at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in city.Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the university Professor Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan laid the foundation stone around Saturday morning, a press release said.Pro-VC

Govt mulls 2-yr internship after MBBS

DHAKA: The government is mulling to extend internship for one year more after passing MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) for medical college students.Health minister Mohammed Nasim made the assertion while addressing a program at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical

74,000 infants die in southeast Asia in 2015

DHAKA: World Health Organization (WHO) revealed UN Child Mortality Report 2015 saying that at least 74,000 infants died this year.They also expressed concern and said that in average 7,400 infants die everyday in southeast Asia.However, the neonatal mortality rate is 23 per 1,000 in

Obesity ‘women's biggest health threat'

DHAKA: Obesity is the biggest threat to women's health and the health of future generations, warns England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies.In her annual report, she said tackling obesity should be a national priority and women should be empowered to lead healthier and more

Expats at higher risk of AIDS

DHAKA: The risk of AIDS infection has risen among the youths, earning individuals and the expatriates. They have a higher rate of HIV infection. According to the government statistics, the number of AIDS patients has increased among the people from 25 to 49 age groups. People of

Cardiac surgery for children at CMH

Dhaka: Complicated open heart surgery and interventional surgery of children are being done at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH). Poor and underprivileged children are getting these facilities at free of cost.CMH commandant Brigadier General Md. Fashiur Rahman disclosed this at a

World's first IVF puppies born

DHAKA: The world's first IVF puppies have been born after years of attempts, say scientists in the US.The in-vitro fertilization (IVF) advance paves the way for conserving endangered breeds and could help in the fight against human and animal diseases, say researchers at Cornell

Square Hospitals fined for irregularities

DHAKA: A mobile court has fined Square Hospitals Limited in city Tk 2.65-lakh after finding massive irregularities.A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted the drive Wednesday noon.The penalty came as the hospital did not renew its license for blood bank.Moreover, the

Medical expenses stripping people off to poverty

DHAKA: Around 6.4 million people of Bangladesh are falling to poverty every year due to meeting the expenses of medical treatment.Moreover, a large number of people are not being able to bear expenses of treatments of diseases like cancer or kidney failure.Speakers came up with the