WHO Chief lauds Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization head (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Pakistan’s successful efforts against COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press briefing on COVID-19, WHO Director Gneral (DG)  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Pakistan and six other countries, stating that the world must learn from their success against COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Pakistan deployed its infrastructure built over many years from polio to combat COVID-19. Community health workers who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children for polio have been utilized for surveillance, contact tracing and care,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Furthermore, the WHO Chief said that Thailand, Italy, Mongolia, Mauritius and Uruguay are countries that the world must learn from as they have successfully tackled coronavirus outbreak preventing precious loss of life.

“There are many other examples including Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, Vietnam and more. Many of these countries have done well because they have learned lessons from previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, flu and others diseases,” he added.

Dr Zafar Mirza -former SAPM on Health also took to social media to highlight WHO’s recognition and acknowledgement of Pakistan’s success against coronavirus pandemic.

It is pertinent to know that COVID-19 global death toll has surpassed 900,000 mark with more than 27.7 million cases reported across the globe.

United States (US) has been the most affected country with more than 6.42 million cases and 192,000 deaths so far.

Pakistan on the other hand, despite being a developing country with intensely limited and restrained resources have emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic. The country has reported 300,371 conformed COVID-19 cases so far with a death toll of 6,370.