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  • WHO appoints Soumya Swaminathan as its new Deputy Director General

    Soumya Swaminathan

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) appointed Soumya Swaminathan as its new Deputy Director General for its programmes. Swaminathan has served as the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) an apex body in India for biomedical research, for over two years now.

    The 58-year-old paediatrician would be holding the second-highest position in the global body, working under Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. She is also a clinical scientist, known for her research on tuberculosis.

    Saminathan has also served as the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai. She is the daughter of MS Swaminathan (92), the acclaimed Indian geneticist and father of green revolution. As per WHO Director General, Swaminathan will be the deputy director general for programmes (DDG) and Jane Ellison will be the deputy director general for corporate operations (DDC).

  • Yemen is facing worst cholera outbreak ever: WHO, UNICEF

    Yemen

    NewsMantra Bureau

    In Yemen more than 200,000 people are suffering from cholera, with 1300 already having lost their lives. Cholera is a viral disease caused by the bacteria vibrio cholera. It is contracted from intake of contaminated food or water. An acute disease that can be fatal in severe cases.