“Investigations are ongoing, but the sudden appearance of monkey pox in many countries simultaneously suggests that there may have been undetected transmission for some time,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at WHOGeneva headquarters.
There may have been undetected transmission for a while – Head of WHO
With the most reported cases of sex between men, these communities are working to inform their members of the risks and preventive action that can be taken.
But we all must work to fight stigma, which is not only wrong, but can also prevent infected people from seeking care, making it difficult to prevent infection, the head of WHO warned. transmission becomes more difficult,” warned the head of WHO, calling on affected countries to expand surveillance to the wider community.
Anyone is at risk if they come into close contact with someone with monkeypox.
Tedros noted that as the situation evolves, WHO expects more cases to be found.
“It is important to remember that in general, Monkeypox symptoms go away on their ownbut can be serious in some cases,” he added.
WHO continues to receive updates on the status of monkeypox outbreaks in African countries where the disease is endemic.
The top WHO official outlined his priorities to provide accurate information to those most at risk; prevent further spread among people at high risk; protect frontline healthcare workers; and improve “our understanding” of the disease.
Meanwhile, as reported COVID-19 Tedros warned that this could be the result of a drop in testing in many countries.
But in some regions of the Americas, the number of cases and deaths is increasing, while the number of deaths is increasing in the Western Pacific region and Africa.
“Again, the pandemic is not over yet. We continue to urge all countries to maintain testing and sequencing services, to give us a clearer picture of where the virus is spreading and how it is changing.” , said the head of WHO.
“We urge all countries to vaccinate all health-care workers, the elderly and other at-risk groups.”
Care in Ukraine
With the war in Ukraine taking a heavy toll on the country’s health system, WHO has increased its presence in the country and in migrant-receiving countries – as the number of attacks takes a toll. health care continues to increase.
“More than 6 million people are still besieged by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, after more than 18 months. Although some food is being delivered, it is still not enough and basic services are not yet available” –@DrTedros #Tigray https://t.co/kxUx2eG4Az
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) June 1, 2022
“As of yesterday, WHO has verified 269 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine, which have resulted in 76 deaths and 59 injuries,” said Tedros.
He added: “Health care should never be the target, and called on Russia to end the war again.
The ripple effect of war
The Russian invasion has disrupted global food supplies and exacerbated the risk of worldwide hunger, he said.
As the Horn of Africa suffers from one of the worst droughts in recent history, increasing risks of hunger and malnutrition are severely affecting an estimated 15 to 20 million people in Kenya and Somalia. and Ethiopia, as well as affecting populations in Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda, South Sudan, and Sudan.
The head of WHO said that tens of thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes in search of food, water and pasture, leading to mass displacement and shortages of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. safety – further increases health risks.
This is particularly worrying in a population that is already under-vaccinated and has little access to health services, the head of WHO pointed out.
At the same time, more than six million people are still besieged by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces in Tigray.
Due to the blockade of the area, not enough food was delivered and basic services remained unavailable.
“WHO is trying its best to help, but The only solution to this inhuman situation – as in Ukraine – is peace‘ he emphasized.
Switch to the first live person World Health Council Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – which ended on Saturday – Tedros has drawn attention to the “landmark resolution to increase assessed contributions” passed to the 50% target WHO baseline budget by the end of the decade, up from 16 percent today. coin.
“This change will give WHO the flexibility and predictability to plan long-term programs across countries, and attract and retain the people we need to help them thrive,” he said. execute those programs.
Other decisions by the Council strengthen WHO’s preparedness and response to health emergencies.