WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed the health cooperation with India to leverage techniques that helped the nation won its struggle against polio into the response to COVID-19 outbreak. Saying such joint efforts will assist defeat the pandemic.
The world health organization (WHO) has stated it’ll work with India’s Ministry of health and own family Welfare to leverage the strategies that helped the nation remove polio to fight the pandemic.
The WHO’s countrywide polio surveillance community can be engaged to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance and its subject group of workers will retain to assist immunization and removal of tuberculosis and different sicknesses.
“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 college records, over 2 million humans are infected by the virus and more than 136,000 human beings have died of the ailment globally.
Ghebreyesus expressed gratitude to Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan “for his leadership and collaboration” with WHO. “Through these joint efforts, we can defeat the #coronavirus and save lives. Together!”
We eliminated polio in 2014.
According to a WHO press release, Mr Vardhan said 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.”
The crisis that has held the world captive, Coronavirus can create a deadlier world for the people fighting another disease. Mr Vardhan explicitly has claimed that the WHO is our surveillance corona warriors. Including, IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Project) who are in field with state rapid response teams.
WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said the National Polio Surveillance Project (WHO-NPSP) played a critical role in strengthening surveillance for polio that generated useful, timely and accurate data to guide policies, strategies and interventions until transmission of the poliovirus was interrupted in the country,” adding that the other WHO field staff involved with the elimination of tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases and hypertension control initiative was also significant resources.
Mr Singh added that “it is now time to use all your experience, knowledge and skills, with the same rigour and discipline that you showed while monitoring polio activities, to support districts with surveillance, contact tracing and containment activities.”
The WHO launch said strengths of the NPSP group – surveillance, data management, monitoring and supervision, and responding to neighbourhood conditions and demanding situations – might be utilized to complement efforts of countrywide Centre for ailment manage, IDSP and Indian Council of scientific studies to reinforce COVID-19 surveillance.
The NPSP group will even help in sharing records and great practices and help states and districts calibrate their reaction based on transmission situations and nearby capacities.
The WHO field staff will continue to support immunization and surveillance and elimination of Tuberculosis and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Mr Singh said, adding, “disease outbreaks can negatively impact progress in a range of areas, from maternal and child mortality to vaccine-preventable diseases and other treatable conditions. India had been making stupendous progress in these areas and we cannot afford for India’s remarkable progress to be set back or reversed.“