UN companies supporting Indian govt-led efforts to cope with coronavirus pandemic: Spokesperson

United Nations, September 9

As the variety of COVID-19 instances in India soars to over 4.2 million, a number of UN companies are supporting the government-led well being and socioeconomic efforts to assist cope with the outbreak.

Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric mentioned on the every day press briefing on Tuesday that the UN staff in India is led by Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien.

It is supporting the “government-led health and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic”, with over 4.2 million confirmed instances to this point. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has assisted with contact tracing of eight million instances, whereas the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has educated 2.2 million well being employees in Infection Prevention and Control, reaching 650 million youngsters and households with life-saving data. The UN staff has additionally equipped private protecting tools.

With a view to reaching probably the most weak, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) helped 100,000 migrant employees entry social safety and reached 100,000 sanitation employees with security kits and 4,000 metric tonnes of dry rations, Dujarric mentioned. 

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has educated 5,300 sanitation employees on protected waste disposal and can be serving to develop a helpline listing for ladies in misery and supported tips on reproductive and adolescent companies throughout lockdown.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) colleagues supported tips for gender-responsive job restoration, Dujarric mentioned.

“The UN in India is also supporting the government’s anti-stigma campaign, with over 170 million social media impressions in August alone,” he added.

According to estimates by the Johns Hopkins University, India at the moment has 4.2 million coronavirus instances on this planet, second solely after the US, which has 6.three million instances. Over 72,000 individuals have died in India from the virus, the third-highest dying toll after the US and Brazil. PTI

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