WHO concerned about COVID-19 impact

on indigenous people in the Americas

GENEVA, Switzerland (UNNews) — With the Americas still the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the region's indigenous people is of deep concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

More than 70,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths were reported among this population as of July 6, according to the UN agency.

There have been at least six cases among the Nahua people, who live in the Peruvian Amazon, latest information has revealed.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained that because indigenous people are among the world's poorest and most vulnerable groups, they are especially at risk of contracting the disease.

“Like other vulnerable groups, indigenous peoples face many challenges.  This includes a lack of political representation, economic marginalisation and lack of access to health, education and social services”, he said, speaking from Geneva during the regular crisis update. 

Link to the full article:http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WHO_concerned_about_COVID-19_impact_?profile=1754


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