The regional agency predicts that if the trend of increased travel continues, the health system will face serious trouble.
Mexico City (apro)-The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that half of all deaths recorded worldwide last week occurred in the United States.
The head of the organization, Carissa Etienne, pointed out that a total of 1.3 million new cases have been registered in the area, and 37,000 deaths have been registered. However, the region with the highest transmission rate is South America.
He warned: “In Bolivia and Colombia, the number of cases doubled last week. Four countries in the Southern Cone have experienced an acceleration of covid-19 cases, and community transmission has been uninterrupted in recent weeks.”
“This is a sober reminder of the human cost of this pandemic,” he said and recalled. “Reducing infections begins by staying at home and doing everything possible to protect yourself and others from disease.” However, the population has increased. Despite precautionary measures, the action was slow and steady.
He said that if the trend of increasing travel continues, the health system will face serious trouble.
He said: “Regardless of pandemic fatigue, without good data and reasons, we cannot mitigate public health and social interventions. Our actions must reflect our reality.”
Etienne commented that the epidemiological situation in the region is not balanced because in North America and Canada, the number of hospitalizations and hospitalization rates are increasing, while in the United States and Mexico, the infection rate is declining.
Within the framework of the World Health Day celebrated on April 7 each year, experts pointed out that health emergencies have exacerbated inequalities in the region. Therefore, it is now necessary to address inequalities and provide support to those who need it most. .
He emphasized: “Although many of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue working from comfortable and safe housing during an epidemic, half of our workforce depends on the informal economy: staying at home means giving up livelihoods.”
In addition, he recalled that for the unemployed and the 22 million people who fell into poverty this year, the economic pressure of the pandemic is disastrous. He said: “If you want to effectively fight COVID-19, you must resolve some of these inequalities and support the struggle of the most vulnerable groups to protect themselves.”
On the other hand, it reported that more than 210 million doses of covid-19 vaccines have been administered in 49 countries and regions in the region, and the Pan American Health Organization Revolving Fund has provided 2.8 million vaccines to 26 countries from the COVAX mechanism. Vaccine countries, and more drugs will arrive in the Caribbean this week.
In this regard, Etienne insists that “vaccine is only part of the response to covid-19,” and public health measures should continue to be trusted to ensure the safety of the population and the country.