BANGLADESH: “China is in right direction with its present policy and action to contain the corona infection,” said Muzaherul Huq, former Southeast Asia Region adviser at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Early detection and early management with isolation of the contaminated cases are crucial, the medical professor told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Cutting off the source and contamination with early treatment provided to the infected persons is most effective, he noted as several parts of China are battling a COVID-19 resurgence attributable to the Omicron variant.
In the face of this grave situation, Chinese authorities said it is the need of the hour for the world’s most populous country to adhere to its dynamic zero-COVID policy.
Referring to Shanghai’s efforts to bring infection sources under control, cut off the transmission routes, and protect the vulnerable, he said this strategy has been proved effective in battles against Omicron, with attention given to the vulnerable population and senior population having other diseases or comorbidity.
Wearing masks, sanitization and avoiding crowded places to maintain distance are additional measures for avoiding contamination, he said.
Although the present situation is alarming, the strict measures China is adopting can be considered the right approach to containing the virus from spreading, said the former WHO expert.
He said China has experience of successfully containing the coronavirus including the Omicron variant, which spreads faster and contaminates more people in a short span of time.
“On the basis of the experience China is now taking right steps for its densely populated cities and around,” he noted.
The Chinese health system covers “all the people, particularly the most vulnerable as well as aged and comorbid patients,” said the professor.