WHO: The chance of blocking Covid-19 in the Middle East is decreasing

Mr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO director in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Photo: WHO.
Mr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO director in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Photo: WHO.

With the number of confirmed cases doubling in a week, WHO is the door to the door of opportunity to prevent the Middle East virus from closing day by day.

Governments in the Middle East need to act quickly to limit the spread of corona virus after the number of cases here has risen to nearly 60,000, nearly double their numbers a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO). ) said on 2/4.

“New cases have been reported in countries with the weakest health systems,” said Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Director in the Eastern Mediterranean region including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Djibouti and other countries. Middle Eastern nation, said.

“Even in countries with better health systems, we have recorded an alarming increase in cases and deaths,” Mandhari said.

Apart from Iran, the country recorded more than 50,000 infections, the number of positive cases in the Middle East is relatively low compared to Europe, the US and Asia.

But health officials fear that countries with weak health systems will struggle to cope with the disease.

“I cannot stress enough the urgency of the situation,” Mr. Mandhari said. “The increasing number of infections indicates that transmission is occurring rapidly at the local and community levels.”

“We still have a chance, but this door is gradually closing day by day,” he added.

The total number of infections in the region has increased to 58,168 from 32,442 on March 26, the WHO said.

One of the countries hardest hit by the conflict is Yemen. The World Bank said on April 2 that it would provide $ 26.9 million in emergency funding to help WHO and local governments improve Covid-19 detection, control and treatment capacity.

Yemen has not confirmed any positive cases, but the country is particularly vulnerable because the five-year conflict has brought its health system to the brink of collapse.

The country struggles with overlapping infectious diseases including cholera, diphtheria and dengue fever.

About 24 million of Yemen’s 29 million people need humanitarian assistance. According to the World Bank, 18% of the country has no doctor, most health workers have not been paid for at least the past two years and the Covid-19 test kit is only enough for 600 people.

Source: https://behecare.com/

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