The number of people with presbyopia -- loss of near-distance focus -- is projected to increase from 1.8 billion in 2015 to 2.1 billion by 2030, she said on the occasion.
Drug inspectors in Uttar Pradesh will carry out surprise checks from Friday to seize any pack of the four cough syrups for which the WHO has sounded an alert.
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has sent the samples of the same batch of the four Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd-manufactured medicines, on which the WHO issued alert, for testing and further course of action will be decided after the results are received, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
WHO has recommended all countries detect and remove these products from circulation to prevent further harm to patients.
WHO data says that every year around a quarter of global burden of diseases is directly linked to the environmental causes.
"(Covid-19) pandemic is not over, but the end is in sight ... Being able to see the end does not mean we are at the end," WHO chief.
Tedros likened the pandemic response to a marathon race.
Omicron remains the dominant variant, with the BA.5 sub-variant representing more than 90% of sequences shared with the WHO.
In total, some 41600 infections and 12 deaths have been reported to the WHO from 96 countries since the beginning of the year.
Earlier a monkeypox outbreak in the US was linked to prairie pet dogs, but no human to animal transmission was reported.
In almost every country, the gap between rich and poor is getting wider and the global cost of living crisis is driving more people into poverty, Tedros said.
The foreign national was admitted two days ago to the LNJP hospital which has been designated by the government as the nodal hospital for treatment of the infection.
At the time, five monkeypox-related deaths were reported from Africa.
In order to deal with the situation, Odisha government has already decided to keep a tab on foreign returnees as part of its measures to contain its spread.
The WHO has issued several advisory for people to reduce the transmission of the virus from suggesting gay men at risk to reduce sexual partners to people with symptoms to adopt social distancing. Small children, pregnant women are also are greater risk due to the disease.
Currently, the premier health institute is prepared with a separate isolation ward and four ICU beds for the virus.
While mass vaccination is not recommended at this time, the WHO recommends vaccine for those exposed to someone with monkeypox and those at high risk of exposure including health workers and lab workers as well as those with multiple sexual partners.
At a press briefing in Geneva, Lewis said that "right strategies in the right groups" are key to contain the outbreak.
More severe cases could become apparent if the virus spreads to more immunologically vulnerable groups like young children, pregnant women and the immunocompromised, Smallwood was quoted as saying.
The nation has set up specialised sites to identify cases and a laboratory where test results are available within 24 hours, he said.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Archana Srivastava sent Dr Sarfaraz from the district hospital to Bidhuna to collect the samples.
A resident of West Delhi, the patient was isolated at the Hospital around three days ago after he showed symptoms of the disease.
Though the risk of monkeypox globally and in the Region is moderate, the potential of its further international spread is real.
More than 16,000 cases have now been reported from 75 countries and there had been five deaths so far as a result of the outbreak.
In addition, five deaths have also been reported from Africa, he wrote on Twitter, adding that the global health agency is increasing efforts to curb the spread of the infectious disease.
According to Swaminathan, all new Covid variants in the future will be more transmissible and capable of evading immunity that can result in increased illness and hospitalisations.
The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver's ability to function.
According to executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, the recent increase in the number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has been largely driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, and by the lifting of public health and social measures.
On COVID-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 per cent over the past two weeks. Four out of six of the WHO sub-regions saw cases increase in the last week, Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing Wednesday.
The highest level of warning by the UN health agency currently applies only to the Covid-19 pandemic and polio.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) will make announcements about the new names as soon as possible.
The highest level of warning by the global health body currently applies only to the Covid-19 pandemic, polio and Ebola.
Besides being a resource hub, the centre has achieved heights in capacity building by organising more than 50 workshops and webinars for around 3,500 program managers and academicians.
BA.4 made up 5.4 per cent of the new cases, while BA.5 made up 7.6 per cent, according to CDC estimates.
Further, similar to cases seen in other countries, even in the US there does appear to be a higher risk for gay and bisexual men.
While India has not reported any monkeypox cases as of now, countries like the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe have reported the virus.
Anyone can be infected with monkeypox if they have close physical contact with someone else who is infected.
The WHO European office is concerned that the recent lifting of pandemic restrictions on international travel and events could act as a catalyst for rapid transmission.
The reason, however, has remained "unknown and under investigation", the WHO said in a statement.
Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. The virus can spread through any kind of sustained skin-to-skin contact with an infected person who has a lesion.