ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently said Pakistan was among countries from whom the international community should learn how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a media briefing said Pakistan deployed the infrastructure built up over many years for polIo to combat COVID-19.
“Community health workers who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children for polio have been utilised for surveillance, contact tracing, and care,” he said.
“There are many other examples, including Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, and Vietnam. Many of these countries have done well because they learned lessons from previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, flu, and other diseases. That`s why it’s vital that we all learn lessons this pandemic is teaching us,” he said.