Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), says the agency will use every tool at its disposal to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghebreyesus also said this at the closing of the two-day virtual World Health Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday, May 19.
In his speech posted on the WHO website, Ghebreyesus further said some of the recommendations from the assembly would be shared and be implemented.
“WHO’s focus now is fighting the pandemic with every tool at its disposal.
“Our focus is on saving lives. At the end of the day, what matters is life. That should be at the centre of everything we do and everything we say.”
“I’ve been heartened by the way countries have shared experiences; best practices through our regular Member State briefings and at this Assembly,’’ he said.
The director-general said the agency would continue to provide strategic leadership; to coordinate the global response as well as support efforts by countries.
“We will continue providing the world with epidemiological information and analysis.
“We will continue to keep the world informed; and give people and communities the information they need to keep themselves and each other safe.”
“The WHO will continue shipping diagnostics, personal protective equipment; and other medical supplies all over the world.
“We will continue driving research and development to develop evidence about vaccines; diagnostics; and therapeutics,’’ he said.
Ghebreyesus, also said the agency would continue to work with countries; and all relevant partners to ensure equitable access to the tools to prevent, detect, as well as treat COVID-19.
“We will continue supporting countries to prepare and respond. We will continue working with countries to sustain essential health services.
“And we will continue supporting countries to build resilient health systems; based on primary health care, to progress towards our shared goal of universal health coverage,” he said.
The director-general said also that we should let solidarity be the antidote to division; and, also, our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat.
The World Health Assembly is the forum through which the WHO is governed by its 194 member states.
It is the world’s highest health policy setting body; and is composed of health ministers from member states.