Groups: Swine Flu Focus Bad for Other Diseases
May 21, 2009
H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, has moved to the top of the agenda for the World Health Organization (WHO)'s annual meeting at the expense of other diseases that deserve greater global attention, health experts said Wednesday.
"Malaria, drug-resistant tuberculosis -- they are killing people every day," said Dr. Sam Zaramba, Uganda's chief medical officer. "If all the emphasis that has been put on swine flu had been put on malaria and TB, we would have made a much bigger impact on health." Zaramba noted that he and other African officials had to fight hard to get TB back on the agenda at the five-day meeting.
The World Hepatitis Alliance, composed of over 200 patient groups worldwide, said Brazil's shelved resolution on hepatitis cannot now be taken up until 2010 at the earliest. "Viral hepatitis has never been properly addressed at a global level and the consequences have been disastrous," said WHA's Charles Gore. Annually, 1 million die from hepatitis B and C, he noted.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.