Treatment of non-communicable diseases has become more difficult since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This is evidenced by a new study, the results of which are published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A study conducted in 155 countries over three weeks in May confirmed that there are problems all over the world, but the countries most affected are low-income countries. The situation is of grave concern to the organization, as people suffering from non-communicable diseases are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19.
“The results of the study confirm what we have heard from many countries over the past few weeks,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus. — Many people who need treatment for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have not received the necessary medical services and medications since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The main conclusion of experts is that the provision of health services has been entirely or partially discontinued in many countries. Thus, according to the study, more than half of the states (53%) suspended assistance to people suffering from hypertension; 49% of countries — to diabetics and people suffering from complications caused by diabetes; 42% of countries — to cancer patients, 31% of countries — to people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The main reasons were lack of staff (as many employees were thrown into the fight against COVID-19), suspension of public transport, and lack of medicines, diagnostics, and medical equipment.
Also, the survey found that 63% of countries had disrupted the provision of rehabilitation services, although rehabilitation is a critical element in the recovery of patients who have had severe COVID-19.
“It is essential that countries can find innovative approaches to continue providing services for the treatment of non-communicable diseases even while fighting COVID — 19,” said Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus, commenting on the results of the study.
Most patients who have undergone COVID-19 fully recover
Most of those infected with a new coronavirus infection and who have overcome the COVID-19 disease caused by IT fully recover. This was stated on Monday at a press conference by the World Health Organization (WHO) expert Maria Van Kerkhove.
According to her, millions of patients have recovered after being infected with the coronavirus. “We are monitoring their condition,” she said. “At the moment, we know that most of those who have recovered have recovered completely without consequences, “the expert added, stressing that patients who have suffered serious pneumonia or toxic shock “may take longer to recover.”
“We will monitor their condition, “she assured, expressing the hope that the WHO on this issue “will be able to provide more systematic information in the future”.