News in Brief 03 March 2015 (PM)

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Jeffrey Feltman. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Democratic elections in Sri Lanka are "inspiring", says top UN official

Democratic elections have not only inspired the citizens of Sri Lanka, but also captured the attention of its many friends in the international community, according to the UN's top political affairs official.

Jeffrey Feltman on Tuesday wrapped up a visit to Sri Lanka where he met with government officials including the president and prime minister.

He said that he was encouraged by the Government's commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights.

National polio vaccination campaigns continue in Iraq

A national polio vaccination campaign in Iraq is aiming to reach 5.9 million children under five years old, according to the UN children's and health agencies.

In the Kurdistan Region of the country, children aged 9 months to 5 years will be given measles vaccine along with oral polio vaccine.

In March 2014, the Iraqi Ministry of Health declared a polio outbreak when a child in Al-Rusafa area in the capital Baghdad was diagnosed.

This was the first case of polio detected in Iraq after the country succeeded in stopping the virus transmission in the year 2000.

Ear Care Day: spotlight on risks of noise-induced hearing loss

More than 1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound.

That's the World Health Organization's message on International Ear Care Day marked annually on 3 March.

The agency recommends that the highest permissible level of noise exposure in the workplace is 85 decibels up to a maximum of eight hours per day.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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