worldhealthorganization Dr Rasila Amatya, Medical Superintendent from Dhading District, #Nepal, and her colleagues rushed to hospitals and health posts in the district immediately after the #NepalEarthquake. A flood of patients soon began pouring in, many with multiple fractures, spinal cord and head injuries.

In such a situation, it is very easy for health care workers to become overwhelmed with the large number of patients and could end up with patients not being treated based on the urgency of their injuries. But Dr Amatya coordinated the triage effort, sorting and moving patients between hastily-erected tents and the open space at the entrance, to operating theatres. Apart from ensuring patients received timely treatment, Dr Amatya also tasked groups of orthopedic surgeons, specialist surgeons, and paramedics that came to help.

Dr Amatya knew how to manage the situation thanks to a mass casualty management training organized by WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal prior to the earthquake.
When WHO visited Dr Amatya on Sunday, she proudly showed the team the triage cloth bands she used in the week following the quake (she holds one in the photo). Triage cloth bands are given to patients to identify them based on the urgency of health care they required.

Photo: WHO/A. Khan
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worldhealthorganization Millions of people in ‪#Yemen face serious shortages of safe ‪‎water. In war-torn areas, many people queue, jerry can in hand, hoping to find water. The limited access to clean, safe drinking-water has exacerbated the already deteriorating‪ health situation in the country.

WHO is providing water, hygiene supplies as well as hundreds of thousands of chlorine tablets for drinking water disinfection for internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities and health facilities in the most affected governorates.

Photo: WHO Yemen
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  •   ifpri Keep it up the good work and great photo! 10h
  •   re_63_za Down with Al-saoud 7h

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worldhealthorganization The @unitednations Road Safety Week starts today!

Every year 186,300 children (<18 years) die from road traffic crashes.

With the 10 WHO strategies for keeping children safe on the road, together we can all do more to ‪#savekidslives:

o Control speed
o Reduce drinking and driving
o Use helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists
o Restrain children in vehicles
o Improve children’s ability to see and be seen
o Enhance road infrastructure
o Adapt vehicle design
o Implement graduated driver licensing
o Provide appropriate care for injured children
o Supervise children around roads
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#RoadSafety #SpeedLimit #SpeedControl #NoDrinkAndDrive #UseHelmet #BuckleUp #BuckleUpForSafety #SafeCarSeat #RoadInfrastructure #SafeCars #DriverLicense #Injuries #Bike #Motorcycle
#Children #NoTextingAndDriving #RealPeople #TrafficCrashes
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worldhealthorganization In a major step to boost health care assistance to #NepalEarthquake survivors who have been unreachable since last week’s disaster, WHO today set up a new field office in the Gorkha district, #Nepal.
The field office will be established in strategic coordination with the Nepalese government and other humanitarian partners, who are also establishing operational bases in the city.

From there, WHO and the national authorities will be able to coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving needs to some of the country’s most remote regions.

Photo: WHO/A. Khan
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worldhealthorganization "Some communities are still doing unsafe burials. We are exploring how #Ebola survivors can become social mobilizers to help us to get to #zerocases. Since they are from the community, they will be able to reach out to areas where others cannot go."
Esther Ngegba, WHO social mobilizer, Port Loko district, #SierraLeone

Photo: WHO/P. Desloovere
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  •   moniquesurawiguna Can you tell me the differences between outbreak and epidemic 1d
  •   joey_depp Epidemic: A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease 1d
  •   joey_depp Outbreak: A sudden spontaneous occurrence 1d
  •   foundation.neme 🏼🏼🏼 1d
  •   dream4ann If I get you @joey_depp an epidemic is an outbreak but the converse is not necessarily true. 1d

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worldhealthorganization WHO is coordinating the measles, mumps and rubella immunization campaign in the #NepalEarthquake relief camps in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population of #Nepal and @unicef

Immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles is critical following a disaster like like #NepalQuake as people moved to crowded shelters. These shelters tend to be overcrowded with lack of clean water and sanitation. Diseases can spread easily in this conditions.

Photos: WHO/M. Vurens van Es
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  •   enjainaa Yes and the expert says they worried about outbreak after the disaster :'( 23h

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worldhealthorganization On Saturday over 520 children were immunized for measles, mumps & rubella (MMR) in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts, #Nepal, in the aftermath of the #NepalEarthquake.

The immunization campaign will be extended to Kathmandu district on Monday.

WHO is coordinating the immunization campaign in the relief camps in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal and @unicef
Photo: WHO/M. Vurens van Es
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worldhealthorganization Ibrahim Barry and Steven Mansaray provide IT support to the WHO country office in #SierraLeone. Connectivity in the country is often a challenge, but they are working 24/7 to make sure the #Ebola response team can communicate effectively.
Across the 14 districts of the country, every day, the WHO team sends thousands of e-mails, SMS, make hundreds of phone calls. Information save lives.

Photo: WHO/D. Licona
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#EbolaOutbreak #EbolaResponse #EbolaHeroes #WorldHealthOrganization #OMS #IT #Connectivity #ITCs #TICs #EmergencyResponse #SMS #Health #GettingToZero #Freetown
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worldhealthorganization After an earthquake like #NepalEarthquake, the water supply is often damaged and contaminated, increasing the risk that people drinking it could develop diarrhoeal diseases.

In addition to setting up systems to identify these diseases early, WHO, the #Nepal Government and other health partners are providing safe water supplies and sanitation facilities, such as pit latrines and mobile toilets, to the camps. “WHO has been supplying chlorine tablets to treat drinking water and materials including soap and towels to improve hygiene, which reduces the risk of disease,” says Payden, WHO’s Regional Advisor for Water, Sanitation and Health.

Photo: WHO/Payden
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worldhealthorganization A rapid assessment of health-care facilities by WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population of ‪#‎Nepal in the ‪#‎NepalEarthquake-stricken areas has found that hospitals in 4 of the worst-affected districts are completely destroyed or too badly damaged to function.

Five other major hospitals, providing important health care in the districts, were found to be functioning but urgently in need of further medical supplies.
Many hospitals told the assessment teams that they were experiencing a shortage of supplies, including essential medicines, surgery kits, IV fluids, antibiotics and suturing materials, while tents and mattresses were also required.

Photo: WHO/Payden
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worldhealthorganization WHO photos on #NepalEarthquake.
Available for media to download & use - link on our bio.

#Nepal #NepalQuake #NepalQuakeResponse #Photos
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worldhealthorganization Coordinating health sector partners in support of Nepal’s government, WHO is striving to reach remote areas beyond Kathmandu where road access has been hampered by damage caused by ‪#‎NepalEarthquake.

To date, Sindhupalchowk has reported the highest fatalities of any region in ‪#‎Nepal. Authorities say that at least 1400 people had died there, and warning that the number could rise to 3000.

WHO is working with health authorities to get health workers in place to care for the injured, and prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases, including diarrhoea.

Photo: WHO/A. Khan
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worldhealthorganization WHO's Water, Sanitation and Health team visited Danchhi and Sankhu, #Nepal which were among the worst #NepalEarthquake affected areas close to Kathmandu.

About 95% of the populations are living in temporary shelters following the quake. Most have either lost their homes or want to remain outdoors for fear of aftershocks.

Photo: WHO/Payden
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worldhealthorganization "A lot of people are working steadily without a break. We are here to support them. The sheer hard work involved should not be underestimated, particularly of the Sierra Leonean people, some of whom are volunteers who do not get paid, and still come to work every day." Dr Eilish Cleary left #SierraLeone on Wednesday after working a total of 5 months on the #Ebola response as epidemiologist, field coordinator, and national surveillance lead. She returns to her role as the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick province in #Canada.
Photo: WHO/N. Alexander
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worldhealthorganization At least 40 medical teams - government & non-government bodies - are now in #Nepal, delivering a range of medical services, from #emergency & trauma care to routine health care.
For now, the number of foreign #medicalteams in-country for #NepalEarthquake has been acknowledged by Nepal government as sufficient. Should needs change, foreign medical teams with specialist capacity in public health & rehabilitation care may be required.

In this photo, WHO’s Dr Ian Norton who is overseeing management of the incoming foreign medical teams, sits across the table.
On the background is a map of Nepal showing 11 districts that have been deemed “severely affected” by the Nepal Earthquake

Photo: WHO/P. Garwood --- #FMT #doctors #nurses #paramedics #healthcare #publichealth #earthquake #NepalQuake #NepalQuakeResponse
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worldhealthorganization WARNING: The over-use of #antibiotics is contributing to #antibiotic resistance #AntimicrobialResistance
Antimicrobial resistance—including antibiotic resistance, which is the most urgent drug resistant trend—occurs when bacteria (e.g.#gonorrhoea), parasites (e.g. #malaria), viruses (e.g. #HIV) or fungi (e.g. Candida) change in response to the use of these medications.
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worldhealthorganization Antibiotics don't cure flu or the common cold #AntimicrobialResistance
Antimicrobial resistance—including antibiotic resistance, which is the most urgent drug resistant trend—occurs when bacteria (e.g.#gonorrhoea), parasites (e.g. #malaria), viruses (e.g. #HIV) or fungi (e.g. Candida) change in response to the use of these medications.
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  •   silbysil Bacterias. There are who survive in the world. #reality 5d
  •   krithikas3 Amen!! VIRUSES aren't cured by anti-BACTERIALS! 5d
  •   mechteld In kenya this was one of my biggest frustrations. Whenever I would take one of our kids (worked at a children's home) to the hospital.. They always wanted to prescribe antibiotics and painkillers.. No matter what the problem was. I always ended up being the one to tell the doctors what to do.. Never could help but wonder what would happen to all those people who don't have some medical knowledge.... Very worrisome. Antibiotics, painkillers and anti malaria for everything. 5d

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worldhealthorganization Hand washing and vaccinations can stop you getting sick, so you won't need antibiotics #AntimicrobialResistance
Antimicrobial resistance—including antibiotic resistance, which is the most urgent drug resistant trend—occurs when bacteria (e.g.#gonorrhoea), parasites (e.g. #malaria), viruses (e.g. #HIV) or fungi (e.g. Candida) change in response to the use of these medications.
#VaccinesWork
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worldhealthorganization By changing how we prescribe and use antibiotics we can keep them working for longer #AntimicrobialResistance
Antimicrobial resistance—including antibiotic resistance, which is the most urgent drug resistant trend—occurs when bacteria (e.g.#gonorrhoea), parasites (e.g. #malaria), viruses (e.g. #HIV) or fungi (e.g. Candida) change in response to the use of these medications.
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worldhealthorganization #AntimicrobialResistance: Without effective antimicrobial #medicines, infections like #malaria, #HIV and #TB will become harder to treat.
Antimicrobial resistance—including antibiotic resistance, which is the most urgent drug resistant trend—occurs when bacteria (e.g.#gonorrhoea), parasites (e.g. #malaria), viruses (e.g. #HIV) or fungi (e.g. Candida) change in response to the use of these medications.
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