#Coronavirus: WHO To Convene Global Research & Innovation Forum, As New Cases Hit 3722
As of 6 February 2020, 24363 (3893 new) confirmed cases have been reported in China and 191 (32 new) number of confirmed cases outside China in 24 countries.
The World Health Organisation, WHO is to convene a global research & innovation forum in order to identify research priorities & coordinate the international research effort to stop the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The WHO Technical officer for Health Emergency program, Dr Dhamari Naidoo made this known in Abuja at a WHO Media Training for Reporters on the global coronavirus outbreak to provide additional information to the Nigerian media.
Highlighting the current situation report she said 28,276 have been confirmed globally , 28,060 in China, 564 deaths,while 3722 new cases were reported.
Dr Naidoo said WHO was working with networks of researchers and other experts to coordinate regional work on surveillance, epidemiology, modelling, diagnostics, clinical care and treatment, as well as identify other ways to manage the disease and limit onward transmission’.
“The WHO Africa Regional Director has sent out a guidance note to all countries on how to prepare for a possible novel coronavirus outbreak. This covers what preparedness measures countries should take.”
“WHO has identified 13 top priority countries (Algeria, Angola Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) which due to their direct links or high volume of travel to China need to increase their preparedness measures. “
“The top priority countries are WHO’s first areas of focus, but the organization supports all countries in the region in their preparation efforts.”she said
“Countries may have policies or procedures that may be launched following the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC, such as establishing emergency management systems.”
‘The PHEIC mechanism is not a fund-raising mechanism, but some donors might consider the declaration of a PHEIC as a trigger for releasing funding for response in some more vulnerable countries. “
” WHO can hold countries to account when they needlessly exceed global recommendations.”
“WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions for countries in the African region. This is because the social disruption they cause and the intensive use of resources required outweigh the potential benefits.”
Earlier while addressing the media, WHO Nigeria, Media and Communication Expert Charity Warigon said the training was to enhance capacity of reporters to correctly report information related to the outbreak and address all questions reporters have for the organisation.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through droplets (coughing) and close personal unprotected contact with an infected person (touching, shaking hands).
However, there is still a lot that is unknown about the novel coronavirus but WHO is monitoring the evolution of the outbreak.