The World Health Organization (WHO), has revealed six(6) criteria world leaders must do before lifting the lock-down totally and opening up of their economy.
The Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the decision to lift lock-down must be based on protecting human health and guide by what is known about the COVID-19 virus and how it behaves.
WHO recommends countries and its leaders to answer these three(3) questions, questions to determine how to ease a lock-down:
-Is the pandemic under control?
-Is the health system able to cope with a revival of cases?
-Is the surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their contacts?
- Transmission Control: The Director General said world leaders must ensure that they have controlled the transmission of the virus before lifting lock-down/ restrictions.
- Health System Capacity: This second criteria according to Dr. Tedros, is to ensure that their health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate, treat every case and trace every contact.
- Minimization of Outbreak Risks: The world leaders must also ensure that the outbreaks are minimized in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes.
- Preventive Measures In Work Places: The president and Leaders of various countries are advised to ensure that preventive measures are in place in work places and environments, schools and other places where it is essential for people to go before lifting restrictions fully.
- Importation of Risk Management: World leaders are to ensure that importation risks can be managed.
- Community Education: The last criteria is that world leaders are to ensure communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the “new norm”.
Conclusively, every country must be implementing a comprehensive set of new measures to slow down transmission and save lives.
The Director General said that each government must access their situation while protecting all their citizens and especially, the most vulnerable.