The WHO Western Pacific Region’s 71st session was conducted virtually last Oct 6-9,2020. Dr. Epifania Collantes participated in the said meeting, representing WSO.
As a representative of WSO, a video presentation conveying a decline of stroke admission and care in the time of COVID pandemic was submitted. As most of our health care resources are being poured in to control and treat COVID-19, the delivery of stroke care services was affected. The WSO support on the campaign Stroke, Don’t Stay at Home during the COVID pandemic was emphasized. The continued support of WSO to the WHO Global Action plan for the prevention and control of NCD was reiterated.
The WHO Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai stated that COVID 19 pandemic is the most challenging health crisis seen in the last 100 years, testing the capacity of the health system and resilience of our societies and economies. An overview of the COVID 19 in the region was presented and highlighted the WHO response and actions. Vaccine-preventable diseases, immunization, safe and affordable surgery and healthy aging were also discussed.
The Western Pacific Region has one of the largest and fast-growing older population in the world. The WHO vision: For the Future, Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region remains relevant and emphasized the importance of WHO to respond to every country’s unique needs.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.