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Pakistani among three vie for top WHO post in first election at UN health agency

GENEVA: A Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases, a British physician and an Ethiopian former health minister are three finalists vying for the top job at the World Health Organisation in an election on Tuesday. The key post confers great power to set worldwide medical priorities — and great responsibility as the world’s go — to person when emergencies like Ebola, Zika and SARS strike. For the first time, WHO’s governing body made up of 194 member states will choose from three candidates — not one pre-selected…

WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

GENEVA/CHICAGO: The World Health Organisation on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO's Emergency Committee made clear the Zika still constitutes a global public health threat. They warned the virus, which has been found in 60 countries since the outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, will continue to spread where mosquitoes…