Thursday, Jun 4 2020 | Time 14:58 Hrs(IST)
  • DMK MLA tests positive for COVID-19
  • US apologizes for desecration of Mahatma Gandhi's statue
  • Jitendra Awhad asks Kerala CM to punish culprits involved in elephant killing
  • 60-year-old man dies due to COVID-19 in Kashmir, death toll rises to 35 in J&K
  • Mah: Sangli reports four new COVID-19 cases
  • World Athletics unveils four-year strategic plan upon reopening of its headquarters
  • 188 in Corona embrace in Haryana, tally 3128
  • PM condoles demise of Basu Chatterjee
  • Nalvadi Krishnadatta Wadiyar's tenure was golden era- Yaduveer
  • Tokyo Governor Yuriko says Games could be streamlined
  • India adopted draconian lockdown, it flattened GDP curve instead of COVID-19: Rajiv Bajaj
  • 7-member Central team visits cyclone Amphan hit areas in Odisha to assess damages
  • Bukhari welcomes revocation of PSA against Shah Faesal, demands release of Mehbooba, Sagar, Naeem
  • Assam COVID tally reaches 1877
  • EESL and GAIL sign a MoU for Trigeneration projects
World


WHO releases guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services

WHO releases guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services

Geneva, Mar 31 (UNI) The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide and the rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers has threatened to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.



Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions can also increase dramatically.



During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis attributable to health system failures exceeded deaths from Ebola.



“The best defense against any outbreak is a strong health system,” stressed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “COVID-19 is revealing how fragile many of the world’s health systems and services are, forcing countries to make difficult choices on how to best meet the needs of their people.”



To help countries navigate through these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated operational planning guidelines in balancing the demands of responding directly to COVID-19 while maintaining essential health service delivery, and mitigating the risk of system collapse. This includes a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all.



Countries should identify essential services that will be prioritized in their efforts to maintain continuity of service delivery and make strategic shifts to ensure that increasingly limited resources provide maximum benefit for the population. They also need to comply with the highest standard in precautions, especially in hygiene practices, and the provision of adequate supplies including personal protective equipment This requires robust planning and coordinated actions between governments and health facilities and their managers.



Some examples of essential services include: routine vaccination; reproductive health services including care during pregnancy and childbirth; care of young infants and older adults; management of mental health conditions as well as noncommunicable diseases and infectious diseases like HIV, malaria and TB; critical inpatient therapies; management of emergency health conditions; auxiliary services like basic diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and blood bank services, among others.



Well-organized and prepared health systems can continue to provide equitable access to essential service delivery throughout an emergency, limiting direct mortality and avoiding increased indirect mortality.



The guidelines stress the importance of keeping up-to-date information. This requires frequent transparent communications with the public, and strong community engagements so the public can maintain trust in the system to safely meet their essential needs and to control infection risk in health facilities. This will help ensure that people continue to seek care when appropriate, and adhere to public health advice.

UNI XC-BM ASN 0548

More News
HSBC and Standard chartered supports Beijing over Hong Kong

HSBC and Standard chartered supports Beijing over Hong Kong

04 Jun 2020 | 12:10 PM

Beijing June 4 ( UNI ) HSBC and Standard Chartered have given their support to China's new security laws for Hong Kong.

see more..
China ups ante on Britain ask it to stop interfering in internal matters

China ups ante on Britain ask it to stop interfering in internal matters

04 Jun 2020 | 11:11 AM

Beijing June 4 ( UNI ) A day after Britain PM Boris Johnson's comment on Hong Kong,China slams UK and accused it to interfering in its internal matters.

see more..
Trump hits back at former general James Mattis called him overrated one

Trump hits back at former general James Mattis called him overrated one

04 Jun 2020 | 11:00 AM

Washington May 4 ( UNI) US President Donald Trump on Wednesday hit back at former general James Mattis via his tweet after trump was rebuked for his role and mismanagement in Floyd protest.

see more..

Johnson on US Protests: Floyd's death 'appalling,' Protests should happen in 'lawful' way

03 Jun 2020 | 7:43 PM

London, Jun 3 (UNI) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis, which sparked protests across the United States, as "appalling"
"I think what happened in the United States was appalling, was inexcusable, we all saw it on our screens, and I perfectly understand people's right to protest. I also believe that protests should take place in a lawful and reasonable way," Johnson said at the parliament.

see more..
COVID-19: 2695 new cases,37 deaths, tally soars to 55,140 in B'desh

COVID-19: 2695 new cases,37 deaths, tally soars to 55,140 in B'desh

03 Jun 2020 | 7:12 PM

Dhaka, Jun 3(UNI) The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bangladesh on Wednesday rose to 55,140 as 2,695 new cases have been detected in the last 24 hours.

see more..