New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged the South-east Asian nations to ram[p up their health infrastructure along with a robust vaccination drive and social security measures to ensure that they are not prone to another COVID-19 wave. The warning from WHO comes amid the emergence of the Variant of Concern (VoC) ‘Delta’ in these countries.
“We need to continuously strengthen our efforts to test, trace and isolate. Physical distancing, hand hygiene and proper wearing of masks need to be stringently implemented, ” said the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
“These measures should be in full force and for longer periods in areas reporting more transmissible variants of concerns,” she added.
Singh also said apart from vaccination the countries must also focus on improving social and health services.
Singh said that these measures should be implemented at the lowest levels of administration.
It would help in adjusting the strategy according to the rate of infections and the health system’s capacity in a particular area.
“We must not forget that the pandemic is still around and must guard against complacency at any level. We must continue to implement combinations of public health and social measures until globally there is high vaccine coverage among health workers, and high-risk and vulnerable groups,” Singh said in the statement.
The South-east Asia region has seen a downfall in the number of cases but that is largely down to the decrease in the number of cases in India which at one time was reporting more than four lakh COVID-19 cases daily alone.