The World Health Organization (WHO) underscored the need to provide special support to Latin America to slow the advance of the pandemic
Four of the 10 countries with more cases diaries of coronavirus COVID-19 on the planet are currently latin americans (Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico), highlighted today the World Health Organization (who), which underlined the need to provide special support to the region to slow the global advance of the pandemic.
“We must focus on supporting South and Central America in their response, since nobody in the world will be totally safe until all regions are,” stressed the WHO executive director of Health Emergencies at a press conference, Mike Ryan.
The expert highlighted the rapid growth in other countries in the region as Argentina, Colombia or Bolivia, although “the numbers are not exponential”, and showed particular concern about the situation in states in the area with weak health systems, such as Haiti.
Ryan indicated that, while in other developing areas such as Africa or South Asia the situation is “difficult but relatively stable”, in Latin America it is far from it and the health complex has added social complexities, such as the situation of poverty in the one that lives a good part of its urban population.
“We need to show solidarity to these countries, which we hope can overcome the coronavirus at a time when we must remain united and leave no one behind,” he stressed.
National health statistics show that Latin America It has exceeded one million infections, one sixth of the world total, of which half a million are concentrated in Brazil, the second most affected country in the world after the United States.
The WHO also released a report on the effects of the pandemic on health care for non-communicable diseases in 155 countries, showing very negative results.
In particular, the study reveals that more than half of the States partially or completely stopped the treatment of hypertension and diabetes, an almost as serious situation in the case of cancer (42 percent of the countries) and cardiovascular emergencies ( 31 percent).
Furthermore, rehabilitation services have suffered problems in two thirds of the countries studied.
With information from EFE