Apr 08, 2020 (LBO) – According to the World Health Organisation in Sri Lanka 180 people have tested positive with 38 people having recovered and 5 deaths reported.
As cases start to climb in the South-East Asia Region, the Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh held a virtual meeting with Health Ministers of the Region calling for a stronger whole-of-society approach.
WHO has released a Medical Product Alert that warns consumers, healthcare professionals, and health authorities against a growing number of falsified medical products that claim to prevent, detect, treat or cure COVID-19. Find more here.
The COVID-19 crisis is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations, as per the UN Chief, and it demands immediate coordinate health response and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. WHO calls upon countries to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services.
COVID-19 could have serious social, economic and political consequences, especially for the most vulnerable. We call on governments to put in place social welfare measures to ensure vulnerable people have food and other life essentials during this crisis.
WHO, the World Bank and the IMF are calling for debt relief for developing countries, as many will struggle to implement social welfare programs at this time.
WHO has released a scientific brief on the off-label use of medicines for COVID19. A number of medicines have been suggested as potential investigational therapies, many of which are now being or will soon be studied in clinical trials, including the SOLIDARITY trial co-sponsored by WHO and participating countries.
WHO has updated the operational planning guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document includes a set of immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high quality essential health services for all.
For more information: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/covid-19-operational-guidanceformaintaining-essential-health-services-during-an-outbreak