Wednesday, September 28, 2022

COVID-19: PAHO Director Warns Of Increased Infections, Stresses Surveillance

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Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has warned of increased COVID-19 infection rates in the Caribbean, parts of Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, and Venezuela.

And she has underscored the importance of surveillance, asserting that the measure has always been the eyes and ears to guide the region’s COVID response as it navigates pandemic peaks and tracks emerging variants.

The PAHO Director pointed to the need to track and manage infections closely as vaccine rollout continues.

“Health authorities should have a clear picture of what is happening at the local level and quickly communicate both the risks and the public health measures needed to reduce transmission,” Etienne told a news briefing.

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She also called for enhancing surveillance tools and networks to monitor diseases more efficiently and sustainably.

Etienne warned that the situation in the Caribbean remains severe.

The Dominican Republic and Barbados reported a 40% jump in new cases during the past week, while Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Martinique also saw an increase in new infections.

Etienne explained that the Americas reported nearly 817,000 new infections and over 18,000 deaths in the past week.

And While cases are dropping in North America, hospitalisations have increased in Canada’s eastern provinces, and there was an increase in deaths in Mexico.

According to Etienne, PAHO is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a new PCR test protocol to detect COVID-19 and influenza from the same sample simultaneously.

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