COVID-19 No Longer Public Health Emergency, WHO Explains
WHO Chief, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus who is the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). 

He made the declaration on Friday after a review of current evidence that shows there is high population-level immunity from the SARS-CoV-2 infection, improved knowledge of the virus and management of confirmed COVID-19 cases, a decline in the global burden of the virus, and also a steady increase in vaccine uptake across countries.

Following the declaration, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) issued a statement on Sunday disclosing that Nigeria had already de-escalated its COVID-19 response since 2022 in response to local epidemiology, focused on encouraging COVID-19 vaccination and recommended discretionary use of face masks and other public health safety measures according to personal risk assessments.

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The NCDC says it will introduce wastewater/environmental surveillance to track not just SARS-CoV-2 but antimicrobial resistance, Mpox, and typhoid (salmonella).

“As part of its integrated disease surveillance strategy, the NCDC continues to encourage routine COVID-19 testing along with other infectious diseases as may be indicated in healthcare settings as part of clinical care, for pandemic flu preparedness, as part of bi-directional testing during investigations for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in high-risk populations” the statement reads.

Recall that weeks ago, the world health body had asserted that Covid-19 deaths had dropped by 95 percent since the year began — but warned the virus was still on the move.

The WHO pointed out that Covid-19 was here to stay and countries would have to learn how to manage its ongoing non-emergency effects, including post-Covid-19 conditions, or Long Covid.

They have an increase in growth advantage and are also showing immune escape, meaning people can be reinfected despite having been vaccinated or previously infected.

Africa Today News, New York

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