African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) takes health and safety issues seriously and is committed to protecting the health and safety of its staff and all those affected by its business activities and attending its premises. This policy is intended to help ACHEST achieve this by clarifying who is responsible for health and safety matters and what those responsibilities are.
The National response to the Covid-19 pandemic through Public Health Ordinances issued in March and April 2020, instituted a socio-economic lockdown of workplaces that ACHEST complied to by shifting of work schedules of staff, to their respective homes in their residences. As COVID-19 lockdowns get lifted, health and safety concerns are of the foremost priority for the ACHEST workspace environment for employees and clients as well as visitors both in transit and during their stay at the premises of ACHEST workspaces.
The World Health Organisation has published updated guidelines on the use of masks for the control of COVID-19. The new guidelines are based on evolving evidence and provides updates on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn and what it should be made of. The guidelines are on both non-medical fabric masks, as well as the medical masks.
The WHO, however, warns that it remains critical that people who use masks continue to take a comprehensive approach to protecting their health, including physical distancing and hand hygiene.
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Remarks by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti
Good afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us.
I’m pleased to be joined by colleagues from the Economic Commission for Africa and the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business, because we know the COVID-19 pandemic is having significant economic impacts, and particularly in vulnerable communities, we need balanced action to save lives and livelihoods.
The private sector has a vital role to play, from providing care to those affected, to manufacturing the key items required for the response, as well as innovating and developing new tools like vaccines and medicines.
There are now more than 51,000 confirmed cases and 2000 have lost their lives across the African continent.
We are very concerned that almost 1000 African health workers have been infected with COVID-19. We know that most African countries already have catastrophic shortages of health workers and when our frontline workers fall ill or are absent from work, communities do not have access to essential services like immunization, safe deliveries and treatment for chronic and infectious diseases, in addition of course to what impact these shortages will have on our ability responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to global shortages of personal protective equipment, our frontline health workers, and other frontline workers, remain at increased risk of infection. We are working with countries and partners to replenish supplies so that health-care workers can safely continue to provide routine services, that I’ve mentioned.
To: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director General and Team,
The World Health Organization,
Dear Dr. Tedros and Team,
We the undersigned have noted with concern the recent personal and institutional attacks against you and WHO. We want to let you know that the world and humanity needs the institution of the World Health Organization (WHO) now more than ever. In the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic the technical guidance and leadership of the WHO that you and the leadership team in Geneva, Regional and Country Offices round the world is valued and appreciated.
A number of us were members of the Commission that released the report “The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises” in 2016. Having reviewed a wide range of options for a coordinated global response to infectious diseases, we concluded that the WHO is best placed to play the leadership and coordinating role and that if there was no WHO, we would have to invent one.
This is why we are writing to you to let you know that at this critical time in human history, it has fallen upon you and your WHO team to carry the singular responsibility of leading and coordinating the global charge to stop COVID -19 from killing more people and wreaking more collateral economic and social damage to the world.
We would like you to know that we have noted some of the attacks that have been leveled at WHO and to you personally. We know that some of these attacks are motivated by a number of factors that have nothing to do with your leadership of the WHO.
We are delighted and encouraged that despite these attacks you and WHO are committed to continue to focus on saving lives and controlling the pandemic with statements such as “No time to waste. Let’s focus on saving lives. Collaboration across party lines important to ensure national unity to fight the virus more effectively. National unity is a foundation for global solidarity. When we do this, we quarantine political covid. Stop politicizing #COVID19”.