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Manufacturers falsely claim that pesticides are pre-qualified by WHO, 2 October

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Manufacturers of public health pesticides, used in dengue control, are falesly claiming that pesticides are pre-qualified by WHO. The claim is being made in advertisements in newspapers in Pakistan. These advertisements are misleading the public and health officials.

WHO has warned the public and federal and provincial health departments about these false claims.

None of these pesticides have been pre-qualified by WHO and WHO has the right to challenge such claims in the court of law. 

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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Total population (000s) 213 707
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 9.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 178
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 66.5

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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