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COVID19: World should learn from Pakistan, says WHO chief

The result we see a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases’ says Adhanom

Islamabad, Sept 12 : Pakistan’s successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic is getting international recognition and even the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom has praised the country saying it is among those that the world needs to learn from.

Adhanom in a statement at a media briefing endorsed the Pakistan government’s strategy against the virus and deploying of the infrastructure “built up over many years for polio to combat COVID-19.”

The WHO chief also praised community health workers of the country who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children for polio.

“They have been utilized for surveillance, contact tracing and care and the result we see a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases”, said Adhanom.

The other countries he mentioned included Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Italy, Spain and Vietnam.

“Many of these countries have done well because they learned lessons from previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, flu and other diseases,” continued Adhanom.

Responding to Adhanom’s statement, former Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza termed it as a recognition of Pakistan’s efforts at the international level.

In a tweet, Dr. Mirza stated: “Pakistan included among seven countries by WHO Director General- countries that the world can learn from about how to fight future pandemics. Great honour for the people of Pakistan. Alhamdolilah.”

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