WHO: Covid-19 Is Still A Public Health Emergency Of Global Concern
The Covid-19 epidemic was brought to the attention of the public on Monday, and the World Health Organization declared it to still be a public health emergency of global significance.
According to a statement released by the UN Health agency, "The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concurs with the recommendations made by the Committee regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and determines that the event continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern."
The statement went on to say that "the Director-General recognises the Committee's opinion that the Covid-19 epidemic is likely at a transition point and welcomes the Committee's suggestion to negotiate this shift cautiously and limit the possible negative implications."
"Additionally, worldwide genetic sequencing and monitoring have decreased, making it more difficult to follow existing variations and find new ones. Health systems are presently dealing with Covid-19, treating patients with the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), staffing difficulties in the medical field, and worn-out medical personnel "said he.
The Director-General further said that even though the globe has improved after the Omicron epidemic, more than 1,70,000 Covid-19 fatalities have been recorded globally in the last eight weeks. While the situation is better than it was during the height of the Omicron transmission a year ago, he said in the statement that more than 170 000 COVID-19-related fatalities have been documented internationally over the last eight weeks.
Since WHO proclaimed Covid-19 a global health emergency, three years have passed. Over 6.8 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, but it has also had a devastating impact on communities and businesses in many other nations.
Ghebreyesus said that he anticipates the emergency coming to an end this year, especially if access to the countermeasures can be made more widely available.
According to Reuters, Tedros said at a separate WHO meeting on Monday, "We are confident that in the following year, the world will enter a new phase in which we decrease (COVID) hospitalisations and fatalities to their lowest feasible level."