WHO cites Dharavi’s example in containing COVID-19 spread, says virus can be controlled with 'rigorous tracing and testing'
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday praised the measures taken by the authorities to the contain the deadly coronavirus in the largest slum of Asia, Dharavi, saying that testing and tracing is the key to break the chain of transmission of the highly contagious disease.
The WHO said that it is still possible to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, even though case numbers have more than doubled in the past six weeks.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum showed that however bad an outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.
"In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled," Tedros said as reported by AFP, in a virtual press conference in Geneva. However, "there are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control," added Tedros.
"And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi -- a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai -- a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus," Tedros said.
In Mumbai’s Dharavi, of the total 2,359 positive cases of coronavirus, the Asia’ largest slum area has only 166 active cases while 1,952 people have been cured or discharged from the hospitals after getting recovered from the disease.
Shiv Sena leader also expressed gratitude over WHO chief’s remarks and urged the authorities to keep following the path to success.
This is huge for our very own Dharavi that has chased the virus. State Govt and @mybmc teams, along with NGOs, Elected Representatives and most importantly, Dharavikars! Let’s keep this going! Thank you @WHO for recognising their efforts, and will keep going on https://t.co/RSVGILaoLo— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) July 10, 2020
The Maharashtra government and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had earlier received praise from the Centre for the steep decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi.
"To tackle the issue of manpower to carry out proactive screening in high-risk zones, BMC forged strategic public-private partnerships in containment measures and all available ‘private’ practitioners were mobilised. BMC provided the private doctors with PPE kits, thermal scanners, pulse oxymeters, masks and gloves and started door-to-door screening in high-risk zones and all suspects were identified," the Centre had said.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 5,55,000 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December. Nearly 12.3 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
"Across all walks of life, we are all being tested to the limit. From countries where there is exponential growth to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise. Only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around," Tedros said.
(With Agency Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan