WHO welcomes Kazakhstan’s openness to information exchange amid COVID-19 pandemic
The implementation of comprehensive measures in Kazakhstan has contributed to the gradual stabilization of the coronavirus situation in the country. This result required the joint efforts of civil society, health workers and the government, Head of the World Health Organization Country Office in Kazakhstan Dr. Caroline Clarinval said at a press briefing. She stressed that the WHO would continue to work actively with the Kazakh government and Kazakh Health Ministry to protect the health of all residents of the country.
“Today, the WHO appreciates Kazakhstan’s decision to use the new WHO disease classification for patients with suspected COVID-19. This is a critical step in determining whether patients have coronavirus or other disease in order to standardize data collection around the world,” Clarinval explained.
Since August 1, Kazakhstan has started including patients with clinical symptoms of coronavirus, but with negative results of PCR tests, in the overall COVID-19 statistics. Clarinval said that a new way of counting data could, in turn, show a surge in cases of coronavirus infection. However, she added, despite this, the reclassification will help to better understand the epidemic process, allocate resources and plan more accurately the responses at the national and regional levels.
“The WHO supports Kazakhstan’s openness to information exchange. The virus is still with us, and it will be with us in the near future. Only by joining efforts we can overcome this and protect people’s lives. Everyone’s contribution matters! The WHO will continue to work with the government and Kazakh Health Ministry to protect the health of all Kazakh citizens,” Clarinval said.