Dili, February 17th, 2020: His Excellency, the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, called a coordination meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Resident Mission in Timor-Leste, the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, this Monday, at the Government Palace, in Dili, to discuss the mechanism of establishing a Working Group for anticipating and preventing the outbreak of Coronavirus or COVID-19, should Timor-Leste be affected.
At the meeting, the acting Minister of Health and Vice Minister of Health, Élia de Araújo dos Reis Amaral, give a presentation on the current situation and the Ministry of Health’s preparations for anticipating and preventing, should Timor-Leste be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the presentation by the acting Minister of Health, the WHO representative in Timor-Leste also presented the WHO work plan, together with the Ministry of Health, to disseminate information to the community through the existing media, so that the community does not panic with this disease.
At the same meeting, the Head of Government appointed the acting Minister of Health to lead a technical level meeting with the ministries and other relevant entities, to prepare an activity plan for anticipating and preventing the outbreak.
The Coronavirus outbreak has already reached the category of the global epidemic, which requires greater attention from all countries and requires each country to do its utmost to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the latest WHO data, the COVID-19 outbreak has reached 26 countries, but Timor-Leste has not yet been affected. Since the outbreak, in November 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei-China Province, China has suffered greatly from the COVID-19 virus, with 71,429 confirmed cases of infection and 1,772 deaths.
Besides the Prime Minister and the acting Minister of Health, the Minister of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Agio Pereira, also attended the meeting the Minister for Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, the acting Minister for State Administration, Abílio José Caetano; the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Dulce de Jesus Soares; the Director of the Integrated Crisis Management Centre, the Brigadier-General, João Miranda “Aluk”, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Roy Trivedy; the representative of WHO in Timor-Leste, Rajesh Pandav; the General Commander of the Timor-Leste National Police, Commissioner Faustino da Costa; the representative of the F-FDTL’s Chief of Staff, and medical staff from the Ministry of Health. END