Who said it? WHO did.
After close to a week of intensive screening and vector control efforts, Singapore kept coming under fire from various quarters.
Why? It was because the numbers kept on increasing.
But the reason why the numbers kept increasing was that the government was and is still actively monitoring, testing and being transparent about the cases.
In other words, Singapore is handling this with due diligence, and not pretending that the problem doesn’t exist, which I suspect some countries are doing. Sure, there were some hiccups here and there, but we should put things in perspective.
And today, the world’s health authority has delivered its verdict of Singapore’s efforts so far: a gleaming report card.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) just said that Singapore represents a “role model” in the handling of Zika cases and transparency.
WATCH: The World Health Organization (WHO)'s appraisal of Singapore's handling of the #Zika outbreak and an update on when Singapore is expected to complete genetic sequencing of the virus. http://bit.ly/2bVG7Vy
Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Friday, September 2, 2016
Vindicated. For now.
But let’s not rest on our laurels, folks. The fight against Zika and Dengue and all other mozzie diseases is going to be long and hard. We shouldn’t be complacent.
This is just the beginning.
Let’s give ourselves a pat on our backs, and go back to the mozzie wipeout, yeah?