Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health on COVID-19 Pandemic Issues Final Communique 3 Jeddah

Friday 1441/8/17 - 2020/04/10
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The meeting called upon the OIC Member States, charitable organizations, philanthropists, and other international organizations to strengthen the coordination of national and regional efforts and the strategies geared to stem further spread of the disease in Member States and enhance the capacity of health and medical personnel to prevent and control the infectious and communicable diseases, such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The meeting stressed the need to coordinate the contributions to the efforts aimed at meeting the shortages of essential medical supplies, especially diagnostic kits and personal protective equipment for the health professionals in Member States, especially in the most vulnerable Member States, and to encourage Member States to scale up timely and transparent sharing of information on the issues of global public health concern on the prevention, detection, and treatment of the cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), epidemiological and clinical research data exchange, and materials necessary for research and development of medical treatment for this virus.
The meeting called for support to the local companies to increase domestic production of key consumables/products used in responding to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including hand sanitizers, facemasks, medical products, and soap, and ensure these are available at an affordable price and on an equitable basis where most needed.
The meeting encouraged preventive measures, such as hand washing and sanitization of surfaces, in workplaces and adopt social distancing.
The meeting stressed the need to support to strengthen cooperation in using information and communication technologies to ensure the provision of correct information on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the public on a regular basis so that they are not misled by misinformation and fake news in this regard and support the OIC-ISF Urgent Initiative to respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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