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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

WHO committed to protecting health of all people, based on the best science, without fear or favor

By Manjari Peiris.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that WHO develops guidance based on the totality of evidence collected from around the world on COVID - 19. In this regard their staff talk to thousands of experts around the world to collect and distil that evidence and experience.

"We constantly review and update our guidance as we learn more, and we are working to adapt it for specific contexts. We recommend hand washing and physical distancing, but we also recognize this can be a practical challenge for those who lack access to clean water, or who live in cramped conditions. Together with Unicef and the International Federation of the Red Cross, we have published new guidance for improving access to hand washing.

The guidance recommends that countries set up hand washing stations at the entrance to public buildings, offices, bus stops and train stations."

Furthermore, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said -

The WHO is also working hard with researchers all over the world to generate the evidence about which medicines are most effective for treating COVID - 19.

There has been an extraordinary response to their call for countries to join the Solidarity trial, which is comparing four drugs and drug combinations. So far 74 countries have either joined the trial or are in the process of joining. More than 200 patients had been randomly assigned to one of the study arms."Each new patients who joins the trial gets us one step closer to knowing which drugs work."

WHO's priority is that frontline health workers are able to access essential personal protective equipment, including medical masks and respirators. Thus, WHO is continuing to work with governments and manufacturers to step up the production and distribution of personal protective equipment, including masks. WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them. However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures. While the WHO continues to gather all available evidence, it is also evaluating the potential use of masks more broadly to control COVID - 19 transmission at the community level.

He also said "Since it is still a new virus, it is a learning process. As the pandemic evolves, so does the evidence, and so does our advice. We are committed to protecting the health of all people, based on the best science, without fear or favour."

- Asian Tribune -

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