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The World Health Organization today called on Member states in South-East Asia Region to urgently scale-up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19, as confirmed cases cross 480, and the disease claims eight lives. 

“The situation is evolving rapidly. We need to immediately scale up all efforts to prevent the virus from infecting more people,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.Eight of the 11 countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have confirmed cases of COVID-19. While Thailand has 177 confirmed cases, Indonesia 134, India 125, Sri Lanka 19, Maldives 13, Bangladesh 5, Nepal and Bhutan one each. These numbers are increasing quickly.

“More clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed. While this is an indication of an alert and effective surveillance, it also puts the spotlight on the need for more aggressive and whole of society efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We clearly need to do more, and urgently,” the Regional Director said.Looking at the numbers, some countries are clearly heading towards community transmission of COVID-19, the Regional Director said, adding this should best be prevented. 

Of critical importance are continued efforts to detect, test, treat, isolate and trace contacts.Simple public health measures are critical. Practicing hand hygiene, covering your cough and sneeze, and practicing social distancing cannot be emphasized enough, Dr Khetrapal Singh said. “This alone has the potential to substantially reduce transmission.”However, if community transmission does set in, countries would need to gear their responses to slow down transmission, as well as end outbreaks.

Emergency mechanism would then need to be further scaled up. A network of health facilities and hospitals for triage and surge would need to be activated to avoid overcrowding.Self-initiated isolation by people with mild diseases would continue to be the most important community intervention to reduce the burden on health system and reduce virus transmission. 

Testing of all suspected cases, symptomatic contacts of probable and confirmed cases, would still be needed. “We need to be geared to respond to the evolving situation with the aim to stop transmission of COVID-19 at the earliest to minimize the impact of the virus that has gripped over 150 countries in a short span of time, causing substantial loss to health of people, societies, countries and economies. Urgent and aggressive measures are the need of the hour. We need to act now,” the Regional Director said.

I found a need to spread reliable information to more people for prevention measures to be taken by everyone in particular but leave no room for stigmatizing infected people or suspected people.

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The link is the following: https://www.who.int/southeastasia/news/detail/17-03-2020-who-calls-for-urgent-aggressive-actions-to-combat-covid-19-as-cases-soar-in-south-east-asia-region

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

I decided to practice all the preventive measures given by the government of Rwanda and World health organisation including proper hand washing, not touching my face without clean hands, prevent mass gathering, no more haging and hand shaking and also I keep on encouraging my household members to do so. In my household as a Christian home, we greet each other by raising hands and say "Praise God, Amen!". It was not simple at bigining but as the virus keep on devastating the whole world, people are now understanding at some extend. More sensitization is still needed to save more lives. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Via social media including Watsap, facebook, tweeter. email and at workplace where I am working.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Radio
  • WHO (World Health Organization)

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

People in community settings, I mean rural areas especially and even people using social media are being given wrong information terrifying them which is also creating a sens of stigma towards some communities.

What is your current profession?

Pastor and project officer

In what city are you located?

Kigali

In what country are you located?

Rwanda

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Thanks Ananias KARAMUKA for sharing! Curious to learn more about how it's going adapting these practices with your community? What's working? And what's not working?

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