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UN stands ready to step up support to India: UN chief Guterres on ‘horrific’ COVID outbreak

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres has stated the world organisation stands able to step up its help to India to fight the “horrific”  COVID-19 wave within the nation that has contaminated greater than 18 million individuals and killed over 200,000.

“With the complete @UN household, I stand in solidarity with the individuals of India as they face a horrific #COVID19 outbreak. The UN stands able to step up our help,” Guterres tweeted on Thursday.

India’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti replied to Guterres’s tweet saying that India deeply appreciates “your sentiments and solidarity at this juncture. We additionally admire the help @UNinIndia is giving us,” tagging the Twitter deal with of the United Nations in India.

As per information by the World Well being Group, confirmed COVID-19 instances in India stand at over 18.37 million and greater than 204,000 individuals have died as a result of virus.

Earlier this week, President of the UN Common Meeting Volkan Bozkir had tweeted that he’s apprehensive in regards to the COVID-19 state of affairs in India, a rustic which did a lot to make sure #Vaccines4All in susceptible nations. It’s time for the world to increase support & help to India. Nobody’s secure till we’re all secure.

He had added that his ideas are with the individuals of India right now.

The United Nations workforce in India is supporting the response of the nation’s authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering essential provides and UN businesses are procuring hundreds of oxygen concentrators, oxygen producing crops and different important gear in addition to serving to arrange cellular hospital items.

Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-Common, Farhan Haq had informed reporters on the each day press briefing on Wednesday that the UN workforce in India, led by Resident Coordinator Renata Lok Dessallien, is supporting the authorities’ response to the pandemic by offering gear and provides, together with to native governments.

The WHO and UNICEF (United Nations Kids’s Fund) are procuring gear and provides, together with 7,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 nasal gadgets for oxygen provide, in addition to oxygen producing crops, COVID-19 testing machines, and private protecting kits.

WHO can also be serving to to arrange cellular hospital items and is offering for laboratories.

About 2,600 WHO area officers have been instantly deployed to help well being authorities to curb the unfold of the pandemic.

In Maharashtra, UNICEF has engaged consultants to work on danger governance. The UN workforce can also be persevering with its marketing campaign highlighting the “three Ws: Put on a masks, Wash your Palms, Watch your distance and keep six toes aside.”

“In India’s time of want, the UN is doing every part it may well to quickly present essential gear and provides to central and state governments,” Dessallien has stated.

WHO stated in a press launch that filling essential gaps in important medical provides and hospital capacities needs to be the highest precedence as India battles surge in COVID-19 instances.

WHO is chartering flights to usher in 4,000 oxygen concentrators to assist meet the elevated calls for.

“The present speedy surge of COVID-19 instances has put immense stress on the well being methods, already overburdened for the reason that begin of the pandemic. We have to act with velocity, broaden hospital capacities and equip them with medical provides, most wanted to avoid wasting lives,” Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Area, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has stated.

A UN News article stated the South-East Asian area has led the world in COVID-19 infections for a 3rd straight week, primarily as a result of state of affairs in India, which has recorded 2.17 million new instances, or a 52 per cent improve.

In an effort to make obtainable further hospital beds and significant gear for India, WHO is procuring cellular area hospitals with a capability of 20-30 beds, which may very well be arrange in essentially the most affected areas. The mattress capability at these area hospitals could be elevated to a most of 50, if wanted, with out impacting an infection prevention and management protocols, and water and sanitation, the WHO launch had added.

The company can also be aiding laboratories to satisfy the massive demand for testing, and over 2,600 WHO technical workers, engaged on numerous programmes similar to polio, TB and NTD, have been repurposed to help pandemic response in India.

WHO is procuring laboratory provides, together with 1.2 million reagents, to satisfy the massive demand and wish for testing.


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