WHO welcomes joint efforts with India to fight COVID-19


By: PTI | United Nations |

Published: April 16, 2020 11:44:35 am





According to the Johns Hopkins University information, over 2 million persons are contaminated by the virus and greater than 136,000 individuals have died of the illness globally. (file picture)
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed the world well being physique’s cooperation with India to leverage methods that helped the nation win its conflict towards polio into the response to COVID-19 outbreak, saying such joint efforts will assist defeat the pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has mentioned it’s going to work with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to leverage the methods that helped the nation eradicate polio to fight the pandemic.

The WHO’s nationwide polio surveillance community shall be engaged to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance and its area workers will proceed to help immunization and elimination of tuberculosis and different ailments.

“Great news: @MoHFW_INDIA & @WHOSEARO initiated a systematic engagement of @WHO’s national polio surveillance network, and other field staff, for India’s #COVID19 response, tapping into the best practices & resources that helped win its war against polio,” the WHO director-general tweeted, referring to India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia.

According to the Johns Hopkins University information, over 2 million persons are contaminated by the virus and greater than 136,000 individuals have died of the illness globally. Ghebreyesus expressed gratitude to Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan “for his leadership and collaboration” with WHO.

“Through these joint efforts we are able to defeat the #coronavirus and save lives. Together!”

India eradicated polio in 2014. According to a WHO press launch, Vardhan mentioned in New Delhi that “time and again the Government of India and WHO together have shown our ability, competence and prowess to the whole world. With our combined meticulous work, done with full sincerity and dedication, we were able to get rid of polio.”

“All of you in the field IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Project), state rapid response teams and WHO – are our ‘surveillance corona warriors’. With your joint efforts we can defeat the coronavirus and save lives,” Vardhan added.

WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh mentioned the National Polio Surveillance Project (WHO-NPSP) performed a essential function in strengthening surveillance for polio that generated helpful, well timed and correct information to information insurance policies, methods and interventions till transmission of the poliovirus was interrupted within the nation, including that the opposite WHO area workers concerned with elimination of tuberculosis and uncared for tropical ailments and hypertension management initiative have been additionally important assets.

Singh added that “it is now time to use all your experience, knowledge and skills, with the same rigor and discipline that you showed while monitoring polio activities, to support districts with surveillance, contact tracing and containment activities.”

The WHO launch mentioned strengths of the NPSP crew surveillance, information administration, monitoring and supervision, and responding to native conditions and challenges shall be utilized to complement efforts of National Centre for Disease Control, IDSP and Indian Council of Medical Research to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance.

The NPSP crew may also help in sharing info and greatest practices and assist states and districts calibrate their response based mostly on transmission situations and native capacities.

The WHO area workers will proceed to help immunization and surveillance and elimination of Tuberculosis and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Singh mentioned, including, illness outbreaks can negatively affect progress in a variety of areas, from maternal and little one mortality to vaccine-preventable ailments and different treatable circumstances.

India had been making stupendous progress in these areas and we can’t afford for India’s outstanding progress to be set again or reversed.

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