Geneva: World Health Organization in a press briefing on coronavirus COVID-19 from WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland said ‘we’re not profiling COVID-19 along racial, along religious, along ethnic lines. This is not helpful.’
Raising the Tablighi incident, Ankit Kumar from India Today had asked “we have recently seen a spike in cases caused through religious gatherings in India, in fact almost a third of new cases were linked to one gathering in India. We have also seen incidents of violence against health workers due to fear and misinformation. Is WHO concerned with these developments, what is WHO’s message to religious and community leaders and their followers?”
Dr Michael Ryan said, ‘It’s very important again; having COVID-19 is not anybody’s fault. Every case is a victim and every case needs to be treated with sensitivity, as the health workers who treat them so it’s very important that we’re not profiling COVID-19 along racial, along religious, along ethnic lines. This is not helpful.’
Calling violence against health workers really unacceptable, Dr Mike Ryan however noted that the idea is driven by fear and it’s driven by misunderstanding. He asked everyone and every community to see our health workers as our heroes and to support them in every way they can.
He further revealed that WHO is also continuing to develop guidance specifically for the holy month of Ramadan and is working through its Eastern Mediterranean regional office to be able to advise governments and religious institutions on how best to manage the risks associated with such holy events.