DOHA: The Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Ahmad Al-Manzari praised the measures taken by Kuwait in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, describing it as swift, decisive, and inclusiveness. The remarks came in an interview Saturday on the sidelines of an online discussion session held by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development under the title ‘Towards a Flat Curve: The Global Response to Coronavirus’.
Manzari stressed that Kuwait has strong and well-established health systems and has qualified medical personnel in addition to highly equipped health facilities. He said that WHO is in regular contact with the health leaders in Kuwait, led by the Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah, adding that there are high-level coordination and constant consultation on the procedures recommended by the organization in accordance with the development of the pandemic.
The Regional Director also praised the generous support recently provided by Kuwait to the organization to combat the pandemic, while expressing the organization’s thanks and appreciation to Kuwait for its continuous support that enables the organization to reach health care services to the neediest groups, especially in the areas that suffers from health emergencies.
On his evaluation of the process of using blood plasma from those recovering from the virus to treat patients, Manzari affirmed that this process was tried and showed initial success. He stated that the organization does not recommend self-medication, either as a means of preventing or treating the disease, adding that there are several clinical trials underway. International speakers and audience from all over the globe participated in the session, discussing the challenges and hopes related to fighting the coronavirus. – KUNA