WHO urges political leaders to shun division in the face of Covid-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization is calling upon leaders across the world to unite in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, WHO Director-General said, “what will save lives is science, solutions and solidarity.”

Dr. Tedros Adhanom warned against political division, disrespect for science and health professionals saying, “where there has been political division at the national level; where there has been blatant disrespect for science and health professionals, confusion has spread and cases and deaths have mounted. This is why I have said repeatedly: stop the politicization of COVID-19.”

He believed that such a situation has encouraged the spread of the pandemic in some parts of the world.

Dr. Adhanom noted that last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported so far. Many countries in the northern hemisphere are seeing a concerning rise in cases and hospitalizations. And intensive care units are filling up to capacity in some places, particularly in Europe and North America.

Dr. Tedros urged people to continue observing health guidelines saying, fighting covid-19 pandemic is “everyone’s business.” He reiterated the importance of contact tracing and isolation of patients in suppressing the transmission of coronavirus.

“There aren’t magic solutions to this outbreak, just hard work from leaders at all levels of societies, health workers, contact tracers and individuals. And then, once you have the upper hand, it’s important to strengthen health systems, the health workforce and contact tracing systems so that the virus doesn’t take hold again,” he stressed.

The highly contagious disease is transmitted through droplet from expelled as an infected person sneezes, coughs or speak. It is prevented by regular hand washing, keeping social distancing, avoiding amplified events, and wearing face mask, among others.

As of Monday, the world had close to 43 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus including more than 1.1 million deaths.