The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services. He emphasized on the importance of life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries.
He expressed concern about rising numbers of cases and fatalities in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries though numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations.
The U.N. body chief said, “We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do.” He was speaking at a virtual news conference in Geneva when he spoke about a second wave of infections that could be prevented with the right actions.
Tredos expressed concern that the coronavirus crisis is threatening the health of children. “Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus – but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines,” said Tedros.
The deadly virus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Over 2.97 million people have been affected by the deadly virus which has already claimed 205,948 lives worldwide till now. Due to the border restrictions and disruptions to travel, vaccines shortages occurred in 21 countries, said Tedros.
Referring to the potential impact of COVID-19 on regular malaria services, he claimed, “the number of malaria cases in sub-Saharan Africa could double.” “That doesn’t have to happen, we are working with countries to support them.”
Just a week ago, Dr. Tedros during a press conference at Geneva warned about the virus and said “Make no mistake, we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time.” According to WHO, symptoms of the coronavirus can include a sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, fever or pneumonia and can progress to multiple organ failure or even death in some cases.