COVID-19: 163m people may be pushed into extreme poverty in 2021-UN
By Gistflash News
July 8, 2021
UN has projected that as many as 163 million additional people could be pushed into extreme poverty through 2021 because of COVID-19.
The agency said as many as 132 million additional people went hungry in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Spokesperson for Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric said this while briefing correspondents on the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) High-Level Political Forum at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 43 countries are expected to present their voluntary national reviews of their implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Forum which started on Tuesday will end on July 15.
According to Dujarric, the forum, on day 2, examined progress in SDGs one, two, eight and 17, and linkages among those goals.
“In a session called “How do we get on track to end poverty and hunger, and transform towards inclusive and sustainable economies?” speakers addressed issues of poverty and hunger.
“They addressed the issues of poverty and hunger which are on the rise after years of decline, a trend made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The livelihoods of people living in poverty and informal workers are at risk without social protection to cope in many countries, with women particularly impacted.’’
Speaking on COVID-19, he said that the secretary-general would once again call for a Global Vaccine Plan to double the production of vaccines and ensure equitable distribution through COVAX.
“As we approach the grim milestone sometime today, most likely four million deaths have been recorded due to the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ he said.
On extreme weather, Dujarric said many parts of the world were experiencing unprecedented weather patterns.
“We recorded heatwaves in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, wildfires in Europe and mudslides in Asia.’’
According to him, the secretary-general said that all over the world natural disasters have become more frequent and more severe and that this means every country, city and industry needs to step up its climate action now.
“The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said that the heatwave in Canada and the US had major impacts on people, animals and vegetation.
“It noted that so many records were broken in June regarding high temperatures that it was hard to keep track.
“WMO said these heatwaves are becoming more intense as greenhouse gas concentrations lead to a rise in global temperatures.
“They are also starting earlier and ending later in the year and are taking an increasing toll on human health.’’
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Greek island of Crete
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
A magnitude 5.8 strong quake hit Greece’s Crete island on Monday, according to the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.
The tremor’s epicentre was located at a depth of 10 km, some 25 km south of the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete island, while aftershocks up to 4.3 magnitude have followed, according to Greek scientists.
Material damage has been reported, with no injuries until now, local officials told Greek national news agency AMNA.
Earlier, the Euro Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the quake’s magnitude at 6.2, which was later revised to 6.0.
WHO investigators seeking COVID-19 origin going back to China
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a new investigation into the origins of COVID-19, months after an earlier probe ended without drawing firm conclusions, according to a report published.
WHO was putting together a team of some 20 scientists, who will be charged with finding new evidence in China and other locales, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The group will examine whether the virus emerged from a laboratory, a theory that has been angrily rejected by China.
In December 2020, WHO investigators began visits to Wuhan, China, where the first known outbreak of the virus took place.
But their March 2021 report said they had gotten insufficient information from Chinese scientists to answer key questions about COVID-19’s origin.
In August, U.S. intelligence agencies issued a separate report saying they also could not make firm conclusions about COVID-19’s origins.
Florida Gov. appoints Nigerian-American, Joseph Ladapo Surgeon-General
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, U.S. has appointed a Nigerian-American, Dr Joseph Ladapo, as Florida Surgeon-General and Secretary of the Department of Health.
DeSantis in a statement posted on the Florida Department of Health website, stated that he was pleased to announce Ladapo for the position.
“I am pleased to announce that Ladapo will lead the Florida department of health as our state’s next surgeon-general
“Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with a superb background.”
According to him, Ladapo has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research.
The governor said: ” Ladapo will bring great leadership to the department of health, ” thanking both Dr Scott Rivkees and Dr Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians.
Lieutenant-Governor, Jeanette Nuñez described Ladapo’s as, “an excellent choice to serve as our next surgeon general.
“Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency.
“Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida’s work to advance our public health goals,” Nuñez said.
Ladapo said he is honored to have been chosen by DeSantis to serve as Florida’s next surgeon-general.
“We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.
“From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by DeSantis’ leadership and determination,” he said.
The new surgeon-general said he was impressed by DeSantis’ leadership to ensure that Floridians were afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans.
“It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida,” he said.
Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine.
Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),caring for hospitalised patients.
He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, who also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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