Geneva.- Today, World Health Day, the WHO celebrates the health workers, heroes who are faced with the pandemic of the coronavirus, declared almost as public enemy number one of humanity at this time.
During a virtual press conference, which already is a habit in the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, the director-general of the same, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that, on this occasion, the organization pays a tribute to the health workers from all over the world, “who have been at the forefront of the battle” to deal with the coronavirus.
He explained that the World Health Day, celebrated every year on the day of the foundation of the WHO, “is usually the day of the biggest celebration of the year”, but this time the date is being overshadowed by the outbreak of coronavirus-for obvious reasons.
The World Day of Health 2020 “was supposed to be the main event of our annual meeting in may. Unfortunately we are in this situation,” said Tedros.
He explained that the WHO will issue its annual report this Tuesday, focused on the situation of the nursing in the world, stating that the document “identifies gaps and makes recommendations” to all countries.
“One of the lessons is, and I hope, that the world will learn of the coronavirus and that we must invest in health workers, not only to protect lives but also to protect styles of life,” said Tedros.
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The Secretary-General of the Organization of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, said to the health workers, “we are and we are with you” in the fight against COVID-19.
In his message on the occasion of World Health Day, commemorated this Tuesday, Guterres said that the date “comes at a very difficult time for all of us” by the ravages of the pandemic.
Before this, the world is deeply grateful to “those who work 24 hours a day, putting themselves at risk, work hard, endure long hours, the risk of injuries, infections, and bear the burden of mental health that accompanies such work.”
“I say to all; make us feel proud; they inspire us, we are in debt with you. Thank you for the difference you’re making, every day and in all parties”, concluded the secretary in a message released on the official websites of the UN.