The World Health Organization (WHO) says “too early“To see the corona virus outbreak in Wuhan, China is now an international public health emergency (PHEIC).
As of today, the virus has killed 56 people and infected more than 2,000 people in 12 countries around the world.
Earlier, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization, convened a special committee of scientists and community health experts to vote on the new corona virus, to see if it had to be. is a PHEIC or not.
They will hold regular meetings to continually assess the situation, and make official recommendations to the whole world about the new disease. But so far, Tedros and his committee still believe in China’s efforts to stop the virus from spreading.
At the same time, the new corona virus was considered less dangerous than SARS in 2003, causing a lower death rate, mainly concentrated in people over 75 years of age who already have other chronic diseases that weaken the immune system. Translate. That means it has yet to become a global health emergency.
Next week, the WHO committee will meet again to review this decision. But in the midst of an outbreak of acute pneumonia in China caused by the new corona virus, few people knew that there were still two epidemics declared in the world as a PHEIC, polio and Ebola.
Given the nature that has lasted for years, from emergency outbreaks to mortality rates, global population size and distribution, polio and Ebola are currently in need of coordinated resources. more global than corona virus in Wuhan, China.
“It is an emergency in China. However, it has not yet become a global medical emergency.“, Said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General.
Ebola is reoccurring in Africa
According to the latest update of the World Health Organization, Ebola has so far infected a total of 3,416 people, causing 2,237 deaths and only one third of those infected with the virus could survive.
The Ebola outbreak caused an outbreak that was rated bad after only its first outbreak in West Africa from 2014 to 2016. But it was not until July 2019 that the WHO declared the drive. This outbreak is an International Public Health Emergency (PHEIC).
That decision drew mixed reviews from public health officials: Some argued that the appointment of PHEIC was overdue, while others pointed out that the new WHO decision was not. and Ebola’s ability to solve the spread problem.
The bloody conflict between the government and rebel groups that have been devastating eastern Congo for many years has been a key factor in its efforts to prevent the outbreak.
By the end of 2019, shortly after Congo President Félix Tshisekedi declared that the country had the ability to end the Ebola epidemic, it re-emerged and caused a series of new cases, among staff. medical and doctors.
Currently, global health experts have reached a consensus that the main solution to the current Ebola crisis in Congo must be more of a security than a medicine.
But it is still unclear whether the combination of Congolese military forces, UN peacekeepers and other reaction forces will be effective in regaining the trust of the local community. and ensure the safety of health workers on duty here.
Polio reappeared after being eradicated
Polio is rated as a typical success in a global effort to help prevent disease. From 1988 to 2018, the number of new reported nervous system infections globally has dropped from 350,000 to only 33.
Much of that improvement is the result of a serious and thorough global immunization effort. However, in May 2014, a relapse of polio epidemic in several countries including Pakistan and Syria, led the WHO to designate it as an international public health emergency.
PHEIC has allowed WHO to run a number of recommendations to help prevent disease. However, by 2019, the global number of polio cases will increase again, to 113 in December.
This spike has been attributed to disrupted immunization efforts in rural areas of Afghanistan, as a result of Taliban militant’s obstructing activity. Reducing the immunization rate also makes the polio outbreak again in a few countries including the Philippines and China, where the disease has been eradicated before.
For both Ebola and polio, the emergency appointment of PHEIC will probably not be lifted soon. And for the new strain of corona virus in China, WHO officials are still working hard to assess whether the virus will continue to spread to other countries, along with China. International assistance may be required to consider PHIEC.
China is now pushing for containment, including a blockade in more than a dozen cities, mobilizing military personnel to join and building a 1,000-bed field hospital on the outskirts of Wuhan. .