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  • Current Affairs 26th May 2019

    Updated : 26-May-2019
    Current Affairs 26th May 2019

    Current Affairs 26th May 2019 - Important Points

    Strategy to tackle Global Snakebite “Emergency” unveiled by - WHO
    Current Affairs 26th May 2019 - Details

    Strategy to tackle Global Snakebite “Emergency” unveiled by - WHO

    The World Health Organization has unveiled a new universal strategy to greatly minimise deaths and
    injuries from snakebites. World Health Organization also advised that a scarcity of antivenoms could
    soon trigger a public health emergency.
    More about WHO’s Global Strategy

    • It pursues to attain 50 percent reduction in death and disability caused by snakebite envenoming by 2030.
    • Growing the number of producers by 25 percent and knowingly boost production of quality antivenoms.
    • Forming a worldwide antivenom stockpile so as to make sure access to treatment including anti-venoms and ancillary medical care.
    • Inspiring research on new treatments, diagnostics and health device breakthroughs.
      Integrating snakebite treatment and answer into national health plans in affected nations and delivering better training to health personnel and educating communities.
      About Snakebite Envenoming
    • Every year it affects about 1.8 to 2.7 million people, claiming approximately 138000 deaths and causing around 400000 cases of permanent disability.
    • In many tropical and subtropical nations Snake bite is an ignored public health concern. In 2017 World Health Organization officially categorised “snakebite envenoming” as a Neglected Tropical Disease.
    • Most of Snake bites happens in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
    • Snake venom can cause irreversible kidney failure, paralysis which can break breathing, bleeding
      disorders that can cause fatal haemorrhage, and tissue damage that can cause permanent disability and limb loss.

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