Graduan president Lee Seang Hock

KUCHING: The World Health Organisation (WHO) needs to hold international teleconference meetings to develop a more effective and comprehensive strategy in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak, says the Malaysian Young Graduates Association (Graduan).

Its president Lee Seang Hock said the Covid-19 outbreak had become a global pandemic with more than 53 countries adopting movement restrictions to prevent the spread, but still failed to curb import cases due to the lack of coordination and good Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). 

“WHO, as the leading international body in health, should hold a teleconference meeting to strengthen international strategy and cooperation in curbing the spread of Covid-19, including the possibility of adopting global movement restrictions,” he said.  

Lee, who is also the chairman of the Eight-Major Chinese Based Organisations (EMCO), said the number of infections had reached tens of thousands in many countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy.

“Hence, it is imperative to establish international cooperation immediately and strengthen the role of the WHO in addressing the global public health crisis.” 

He added that WHO had played a key role in addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases, including early detection, coordination of prevention and control strategies, sharing of diagnosis and treatment methods and international assistance.

He hoped WHO could continue these efforts and lead the world in resolving the pandemic.