COVID-19 threatens progress made in global heath —UN

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General Assembly Seventy-third session Informal Briefing by the Secretary-General on his Priorities for 2019

The United Nations says the novel Covid pandemic is compromising the advancement made in worldwide wellbeing in the course of recent many years.

The Executive Director, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, Winnie Byanyima, expressed this as of late when the UN group held a half-day vital conceptualizing retreat with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in the midst of signs of a second flood of the pandemic

Byanyima stated, “Coronavirus is undermining the advancement that the world has made in wellbeing and improvement in the course of recent years, including the increases we have made against HIV. Just worldwide fortitude and shared duty will help us beat the Covid, end the AIDS pestilence and assurance the privilege to wellbeing for all.”

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As per an assertion by the UN named, ‘Coronavirus in Nigeria: Know Your Pandemic And Know Your Response’, the retreat investigated the current epidemiological status of the COVID-19 reaction in Nigeria.

“The retreat additionally recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly acting distinctively in the Nigerian/African setting, as far as aggregate cases, seriousness of dreariness and case casualty rate. While the proof is as yet developing, it was proposed that the early and forceful activity by general wellbeing specialists, just as a more youthful and more advantageous populace, may have assumed significant functions in keeping the most noticeably terrible from happening up to this point,” the assertion halfway read.

In his comments at the retreat, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, invited the selection of another dialect and approach from HIV – “know your pandemic and know your reaction”.

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He stated, “Knowing our pandemic and our reaction, permits the Government to choose when to move our approaches and techniques. Public wellbeing related COVID-19 Response Plan should be tamed inside exercises of the different States in the nation. To this end, a COVID-19 Compact with the States will be investigated to improve proprietorship and consistence.”

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On his part, UN Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon, stated, “We might be worn out on the Covid yet the infection isn’t really burnt out on us. Nigerians may have been generally saved the seriousness of the pandemic to-date, however Minister Ehanire’s recommendation from the beginning of the pandemic still applies:’we should get ready for the most noticeably awful while seeking after the best’. The solid public administration and multisectoral joint effort that has so far demonstrated powerful will be required going ahead. Coronavirus isn’t finished, and we need a progress from pandemic reaction to entire of-wellbeing approach.”

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Additionally in participation at the retreat are Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen; PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu; Director-General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu; Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Akin Abayomi; World Health Organization Representative in Nigeria, Walter KazadiMulombo, among others.

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