EHS-COVID (407) COVID-19 and mental health services (11)
It is necessary to keep awareness and alertness alive and active as it appears that parts of the world are gradually coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, because other parts in Asia (India), Latin America (Brazil), Africa (Uganda) are experiencing worsening of the illness and deaths. The World street journal published facts that emphasizes that there is no room for complacency even by those who have been vaccinated:
‘US COVID-19 cases, deaths at new lows; world passes 2020 death count 6 months into 2021 —
COVID-19 cases fall in the U.S., the pandemic has intensified in other countries, with more virus deaths reported in 2021 so far than during all of 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Worldwide, more people have died from COVID-19 this year than in all of 2020, underscoring the fact that the pandemic is far from over, reports the Journal. It took less than six months forthe globe to record more than 1.88 million virus deaths, with Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University's count for 2021 deaths surpassing the 2020 death toll June 10. While nations such as the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have seen declining cases and deaths tied to mass vaccination efforts, the pandemic has intensified in parts of Asia and Latin America.’
And as the World learns more and more about the Covid-19 virus including what advice to give to the public now that there are effective vaccines, useful information must be gleaned from various reliable sources, e.g. what should happen to the non pharmaceutical advice when people have been fully vaccinated:
‘CDC: Still wear a mask in these 3 places, even when fully vaccinated
Americans fully vaccinated againstCOVID-19 don't need to wear a mask in most indoorsettings, though they still should in three specific settings, reports the CDC.
Three places fully vaccinated Americans shouldstill wear a mask, per the CDC:
1. K-12 schools
2. Hospitals and medical offices
3. Airports and train stations’
'Every country would need to take its context into consideration whilst formulating its advice to its public, provided it ensures that science drives the messages.'
HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk