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Bangladesh to become malaria-free by 2030

Bangladesh is targeting to becoming a malaria-free country by 2030 as the annual malaria infection rate has declined by 94 percent and deaths caused by 93 percent in the country. “Our malaria programme’s target is to make the country free from malaria disease by 2030. We have been working to this end,” Prof Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General ...

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Only 29% hospitalised Covid patients fully well one year on: study

Not even one in four people have completely recovered from Covid a full year after being hospitalised with the disease, a UK study indicated Sunday, warning that long Covid could become a common condition. The study involving more than 2,300 people also found that women were 33 percent less likely to fully recover than men. It also found that obese ...

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School students in Beijing test COVID positive, high alert issued

Beijing is on alert after 10 middle school students tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, in what city officials said was an initial round of testing. City officials suspended classes in the school for a week following the positive test results. The Chinese capital also reported four other confirmed cases on Friday that were counted separately. Mainland China reported 24,326 ...

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Cholera vaccination drive in Dhaka from May first week

Bangladesh will start administering the oral cholera vaccine from the first week of May, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Friday. And in the first phase, people from the five diarrhoea-prone areas in Dhaka will be vaccinated against the bacterial disease usually spread through contaminated water. The Minister made the announcement after visiting Government Titumir College in the city, which ...

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WHO ‘strongly recommends’ Pfizer’s Covid pill

The World Health Organization said Friday it “strongly recommended” Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for patients with milder forms of the disease who were still at a high risk of hospitalisation. However the UN agency warned it was “extremely concerned” that the inequality in access seen with Covid vaccines would again leave low- and middle-income countries “pushed to the end ...

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Norway is open to 4th COVID-19 shot to people over 80

Norwegian health authorities said Wednesday they are open to giving people aged 80 and above a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, but see no cause for a general recommendation for that age category to get a fourth shot. Geir Bukholm, assistant director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said the agency “believes this can be assessed and chosen ...

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India sees 66% rise with 2,067 fresh Covid-19 infections in 24 hours

The number of new Covid-19 cases recorded nationwide rose above 2,000 once again, data released by the government showed on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, India logged 2,067 fresh infections – 66 per cent higher than the previous day. 40 new Covid-linked deaths were also reported. The active caseload went up by 480 cases on Wednesday and now stands ...

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Shanghai reports seven more Covid deaths since start of lockdown

China reported seven more deaths from Covid-19 in Shanghai on Tuesday, after hundreds of thousands of cases in the metropolis during a weeks-long lockdown. City authorities revealed the first deaths of this outbreak on Monday, with Tuesday’s fatalities bringing the official toll to just 10, even as the virus continues to spread. Beijing insists its zero-Covid policy of hard lockdowns, ...

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BSMMU VC warns against excessive use of antibiotics

Bangladesh will face greater health crisis than that of Covid-19 due to antibiotics resistance by 2050, warned Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday. The number of death caused by excessive use of antibiotics may be more than double of the Covid-19 fatalities by 2050, he told reporters after a meeting with ...

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Low-dose lithium may help improve kidney healh

Best known therapeutically as a treatment for bipolar disorder, lithium may also slow kidney ageing and promote its proper functioning, researchers have found, IANS reported. The element has been shown in lab experiments to extend the lifespan of fruit flies and roundworms, while observational studies have suggested tap water naturally laced with trace amounts of lithium might improve human longevity. ...

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