Acting in order to prevent COVID-19 deaths
Originally published by letemps.ch, Jasmine Caye on 17/03/2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned governments who do not prioritize prevention, screening, and medical assistance programs for asylum seekers and refugees confined to camps where sanitary conditions are alarming, and overcrowding increasingly worrisome, the potential for the spread of an epidemic like Covid-19 is increased.The potential for an epidemic like Covid-19 to spread in these camps is obvious. The contagion is increased when the underlying health of those confined to it is already compromised. If the epidemic enters a refugee camp, it is imperative to intervene quickly in order to isolate the cases. Managing the spread of the disease requires action on three priorities: the design of the camp, the space in the camp, and hygiene.The situation is dire in several camps and for asylum seekers around the world such as in Greece, Bosnia, France, and Switzerland.