Monkeypox: 35,000 New Cases In Over 92 Countries- WHO
Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, revealed this on Wednesday while addressing a press conference from the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.
“Almost 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20 percent increase over the previous week, which was also 20 percent more than the week before,” he said.
According to him, guys who have intercourse with other men account for the majority of cases, which are reportedly occurring in Europe and the Americas.
According to Ghebreyesus, the main objectives for all nations should be to ensure that they are prepared for monkeypox and to stop transmission.
Using efficient public health techniques, such as improved disease surveillance, meticulous contact tracing, personalized risk communication, community participation, and risk reduction strategies, he suggested that nations should concentrate on limiting the spread of monkeypox.
Monkeypox vaccinations are now in short supply worldwide, as are data on their efficacy, while WHO is in contact with manufacturers as well as nations and organizations eager to exchange vaccine doses.
“We remain concerned that the inequitable access to vaccines we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic will be repeated, and that the poorest will continue to be left behind,” he said.
Speaking on COVID-19, the WHO chief said COVID-19 deaths had also increased over the last four weeks, rising by 35 percent, with 15,000 lives lost in the past week alone.
“Fifteen thousand deaths a week is completely unacceptable when we have all the tools to prevent infections and save lives.
“Although everyone might be tired of COVID-19 but virus is not tired of us,” he said.
With the BA.5 sub-variant accounting for more than 90% of the genome sequences shared in the previous month, Omicron continues to be the dominating variant.
According to Ghebreyesus, it is getting more difficult to predict how the virus might change.
Since the start of the year, both the number of nations sharing sequences and the number of sequences shared every week have decreased by 90% and 75%, respectively.
The likelihood of more intense transmissions will only rise, he cautioned, as winter weather moves into the northern hemisphere and people spend more time indoors.
“But none of us is helpless – please get vaccinated if you are not, and if you need a booster, get one,” he advised.
In addition, he said measures such as wearing a mask and avoiding crowds, especially indoors should be embraced.
“There is a lot of talk about learning to live with this virus. But we cannot live with 15,000 deaths a week”.
The head of the WHO also called attention to the ongoing catastrophe in the Horn of Africa, where millions of people are at risk of starvation and disease as a result of conflict, drought, rising food, fuel, and fertilizer prices, as well as climate change.
To fulfill the needs, the WHO has allocated more than $16 million from its emergency fund, but further assistance is needed.
The organization is requesting $123.7 million, which will be used to treat malnutrition, prevent and manage outbreaks, and deliver crucial medical services and medications.
Ghebreyesus claimed that the “man-made catastrophe ” in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where war has raged for almost two years, was being exacerbated by the drought.
Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, he said, “sealed off from the outside world, with no telecommunications, no banking services, and very limited electricity and fuel.”
He claims that as a result, they are currently dealing with numerous cases of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhea, and other diseases.
“This unimaginable cruelty must end. The only solution is peace.’’
He, however, appealed for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray.
“I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than in Ukraine, without any exaggeration. And I said it many months ago, maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray”.