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August 15, 2022

WHO’s Papowitz: Vaccination remains only solution

WHO Romania crisis manager Heather Papowitz recommends a plan in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Romania, with clear objectives and elements, at the same time, saying that vaccination is the only solution.

The WHO representative has been for two weeks in Romania and has met representatives of family doctors, hospitals and other sectors of activity.

She said that everyone is interested in finding solutions, from community to government level, highlighting that the important things was to have a very clear action plan to control the pandemic, with clear objectives and elements regarding each one’s responsibilities, enforced on a decision level. Stopping this pandemic wave and reducing the high mortality level is the outmost priority, Heather Papowitz told a press conference at the Chamber of Deputies.

According to her, patient treatment starts at home, from the primary medical assistance.

Papowitz underscored, in context, that only 21% of patients aged over 80 are vaccinated in Romania, and stressed that vaccination remains the main measure, meant to protect especially the vulnerable categories. She added that there are pieces of evidence that in general and in Romania as well unvaccinated persons are those who end up in ICU in the largest numbers. Vaccination remains the only solution to prevent new infection waves, the WHO manager said, according to Agerpres.

Last but not least Heather Papowitz showed that communication was most important, saying that information disseminated on community level needed to be coherent and target people by proper means according to each category.


MP Rafila: The green certificate has not been properly explained in Romania


Social Democratic Party (PSD) MP Alexandru Rafila said on Wednesday that communication mistakes were made in Romania regarding the COVID-19 green certificate, because it was not explained what the document is and that it does not exclusively involve vaccination, which should be encouraged, but also testing and, of course, recovering from the disease.

Rafila held a news conference at the Parliament House after a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate’s health committees with a visiting delegation of the World Health Organisation.

According to him, few COVID-19 tests are taken in Romania, but countries that had a similar number of cases did “five times, ten times more tests” than Romania.

He added that talks on making the green certificate mandatory at work could have taken place five months ago, because it is now increasing hostility on the part of the healthcare workers amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients.

The bill on the green certificate becoming mandatory for the healthcare system was not the result of a political consensus, he said, and it was not discussed with anyone.


Photo: Facebook/Parlamentul Romaniei-Camera Deputatilor


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