More tests for COVID-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist

More tests for COVID-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist

Chennai, Feb 27 (PTI): Chief scientist of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) Soumya Swaminathan on Saturday said
there should be more COVID-19 tests as there was
heterogeneity (on testing methods) among the states.
“Testing is really an important issue. At the
beginning, WHO found that many countries did not have
diagnostics and those which had it was not enough. In fact we
found out that diagnostics was lower than it should be,” she
said while addressing a session at ”Shaastra” organised
here at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.
Stating that WHO has set a benchmark for how much
diagnostics in testing was enough, she said if the positivity
rate (of a disease) was five per cent or more, it means you
should be testing more.
“There is a lot of heterogeneity in response to testing
between state to state and some states have done higher than
the others,” she said.
“Tamil Nadu has done well in terms of testing and the
Health Department had set up fever clinics in Chennai, when
the cases were going up. So, the strategy needs to be
decentralised,” she said.
Swaminathan said it was not only the Health Department
that needs to cope up but also all other departments
which have to play a role in providing additional food and
service when people lost their jobs, when families were in
distress due to the pandemic.
“We now understand the disease (COVID-19) better,
understand epidemiology and it is super-spreader. We know
that only 15-16 people who are infected are responsible for
the remaining 85 people. We need to be able to identify those
situations where these kinds of super-spreaderscan happen,”
she said.
“I think that (testing for COVID-19) will continue
through 2021 as well,” she remarked.
Swaminathan said some low-income countries have done
better than the high-income countries as community health
workers in (the low-income countries) came to the rescue when
COVID-19 outbreak happened by means of visiting houses,
checking of new infections.
“In low-income countries, the whole workforce for
contact tracing, visiting houses, engaging community health
workers are the ones who actually came to the rescue but
whereas in the developed world, where the medical system is
well advanced, public health system was neglected. Over the
years that aspect collapsed,” she said.
She said these are the lessons to be learned whether the
country was rich or poor and a country can learn from what
went right and what did not go well so that the country can
make those corrections. PTI VIJ
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