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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Life & Health

Take measures to prevent smoking, identified with increasing the severity of the disease

Dr. Haritha Aluthge, the Secretary, Government Medical Officers Association (GMO) writing to Lieutenant General Shavendra de Silva, the National Operation Centre for prevention of COVID 19 Outbreak appreciating the move to impose police curfew for several hours in high risk areas, suggests the following;

Take measures to prevent smoking, identified with increasing the severity of the disease
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Increased risk of COVID - 19 infection amongst smokers and waterpipe users - WHO- FCTC

It has been documented that smokers incur a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of invasive pneumococcal lung disease, a disease associated with high mortality. Influenza risk is twofold higher and more severe in smokers compared with nonsmokers. In the case of tuberculosis smokers also have a twofold increased risk of contracting the infection and a 4-fold increased mortality.

Increased risk of COVID - 19 infection amongst smokers and waterpipe users - WHO- FCTC
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On Covid-19 by the GMO

Even the World Health Organization states that over reaction before the scheduled time is better than taking decisions late, says the Government Medical Officers' Association.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge
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Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and many low-income countries. While the region is witnessing rapid economic growth, gender inequalities persist and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are far from being available to all.

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative
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"No stepping out" is the life-influencing message of breast cancer thriver

I was born and brought in a happy family in New Delhi. I had a twin sister and a younger brother. Both my parents were working. I graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1977 and went to Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow (erstwhile USSR) for an integrated course in Geology.

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Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs

The Nairobi Statement endorsed to mark 25 years of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) gives renewed hope and stronger thrust to gender equity and human rights. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage; zero unmet need for family planning information and services, and universal availability of quality, accessible, affordable and safe modern contraceptives; zero preventable maternal deaths and maternal morbidities; and zero gender based violence, are some of the key promises that were made last year at ICPD25.

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs
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Covid-19: The new coronavirus disease now officially has a name

There is now have an official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 1000 people so far: Covid-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement in a tweet on 11 February.
The name is a shortened version of coronavirus disease 2019. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Chinese officials have begun disinfecting to tackle the Covid-19 virus
Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs

Improvements in the health sector, as well as in other sectors such as infrastructure development, economic growth and poverty reduction, play a major role in improving not only health and life expectancy of the people, but also have a direct impact on their sexual and reproductive health.

Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs
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Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatize public health

In late November 2019 Khwahish Warsi, a daily wage earner who makes his living by making and selling 'dholaks', the Indian percussion instrument, who did not have one pelvic joint, met with a major accident and suffered major fracture in both his legs.

Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatize public health
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A new formulation of life-saving medicines on the anvil for children living with HIV

An easy to consume, heat-stable, fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) developed for HIV infected infants and young children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved by the FDA, this all-in-one ARV regimen, consisting of 4 ARV medicines (lopinavir, ritonavir, abacavir and lamivudine), could prove to be a game-changer for millions of HIV infected infants and young children around the world, especially in low and middle income countries.

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