You may have seen that the World Health Organizational (WHO) Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, January 30, 2020 that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Those of us who have been in the AISA region for a while will be no stranger to public health concerns. With the advent of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) it behooves us to be thinking ahead.
According to the WHO Situation Report for January 30, 2020, there are now 7736 confirmed cases and 12,167 suspected cases. To date, the WHO is not reporting cases in Africa. But I think we would do well to assume that with the close links between China and African countries this may change.
The WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
The WHO has some further resources available here
Further to note that registration is now open for the 2020 AISA School Nurse Institute. This will take place on July 21 & 22 at Rosslyn College in Nairobi, Kenya. We will ensure that those attending receive a refresher in dealing with transmissible illnesses such as the Coronavirus.
Dr Peter Bateman
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