Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into potential future risk. In its first... Read more »

WHO says no new Ebola cases in Goma, vaccinates over 1,300

GOMA: The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has vaccinated over 1,300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus in the Congolese city of Goma, helping contain what many... Read more »

Seven in DR Congo Ebola scare placed under surveillance: WHO

Seven relatives of a gold miner who died of Ebola in eastern DR Congo have been placed under surveillance as a precaution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The seven... Read more »

WHO says e-cigarettes ‘undoubtedly harmful’

Electronic cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful” and should be regulated, the WHO said Friday as it warned against the use of vaping products by smokers trying to quit their deadly habit. The growing... Read more »

WHO panel decides not to declare international Ebola emergency

GENEVA: A World Health Organization panel decided not to declare an international emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, concluding such a declaration could cause too much... Read more »

WHO extends travel restrictions on Pakistan for 90 days

GENEVA: Expressing grave concern over “significant increase” in polio cases in Pakistan, International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee has extended for another three months travel restrictions on the country to check the spread... Read more »

WHO finds presence of polio virus in samples collected in Karachi

KARACHI: Sewage samples collected from gutters of 11 sampling sites in the metropolis have confirmed prevalence of polio virus in Karachi, citing sources ARY News reported on Saturday. The World Health Organization... Read more »

Women outlive men everywhere in the world, WHO tells why

Women outlive men everywhere in the world – particularly in wealthy countries. The World Health Statistics 2019 – disaggregated by sex for the first time – explains why. “Breaking down data by... Read more »

WHO urges govts to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion

World Health Organization is urging governments to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events. According to... Read more »

WHO warns of ‘backsliding’ as measles cases soar worldwide

GENEVA: The World Health Organization has warned that efforts to halt the spread of measles were “backsliding”, with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year. The UN health agency pointed... Read more »