New Zealand’s Topical Yeast Infection Rates Down, but More People Are In Need of Support
New Zealand has recorded a decrease in the number of people needing medical care due to the coronavirus, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.
“The number of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations has declined substantially since the start of the pandemic, and in some cases this is encouraging, because there are now fewer cases and fewer deaths,” said Dr. Thomas Fauci, head of the WHO’s Global Collaborating Centre for New Zealand.
“But we do still have a long way to go in terms of getting back to the levels that we saw in 2013 and 2016, and that is going to require a lot more help from people in need.”
The number fell by a staggering 19.2 per cent to 10,094,000, compared with a 9.3 per cent decrease to 6,854,000 in 2015.
The country recorded a total of 2,716,766 cases and 5,064,838 deaths.
The latest figures are in line with the peak year of 2014 when New Zealand had more than 8.7 million cases.
“We are not getting there fast enough,” said Fau, who is also head of WHO’s global health division.
The WHO’s report was published ahead of a planned conference in New Zealand this week.
“There is a lot of work to be done, and we are very much aware that the numbers we are seeing are a snapshot of where we are at,” said WHO director general Dr. Margaret Chan.
“However, it is clear that the pace of change is much more rapid than in previous years.”
The report said the country has made some progress in improving healthcare access, but it is not enough to get there.
“Although the number and rate of new infections has been decreasing, the number, number and number of hospitalizations have not,” said Chan.
“The numbers are not increasing, they are not decreasing.”
The WHO says a lack of funding and access to primary care has been the main factor.
“This has led to some gaps in health services that need to be filled,” said the report.
The report also says the country needs to make better use of data, especially data from the National Health Service, which is critical in determining which patients need to see specialists and what tests are most effective.
“Many people who have been affected by coronaviruses in the past and those who will be impacted in the future, and also people who are still at high risk for developing severe coronavirence, are unable to receive the same care as other people who do not have this risk factor,” said Anne Thompson, the WHO co-ordinator for New South Wales, who co-authored the report with the chair of the public health advisory committee at the New South Welsh Government.
“It is vital that we are able to make the most of the best available data and technology, and ensure that we have the best resources available to us to support our work to find the best way forward.”
New Zealand’s public health team has released a new video on its website highlighting the efforts needed to combat the spread of coronaviral disease in the country.
The video shows staff making a number of key calls, including asking doctors to refer patients for testing, and working with local government to offer free vaccines.
The New Zealand coronavirocovirus has spread from Asia to Australia, Europe and the United States, and is still being spread to New Zealanders and other people in other parts of the world.
The number is now down to just over 6,500.