WHO chief praises Mumbai Dharavi’s efforts to contain COVID-19, says testing, tracing key

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it is still possible to bring coronavirus pandemic under control, even though the cases have been increasing rapidly.

“Only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Tedros acknowledged the efforts followed in Mumbai’s Dharavi to break the chain of the novel coronavirus.

Tedros said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s biggest slum showed that however bad a outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.

“There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” he said.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” Tedros said.