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UN chief issues global ‘wake-up call’ on Day of Epidemic Preparedness

He underscored the need for better surveillance “to detect and monitor viruses with epidemic potential”; resilient health systems supported by universal health coverage; and a “well-trained, well-equipped and well-paid” health workforces. “As a global community, we must pay attention to the harsh lessons of COVID-19 and make strong investments in pandemic readiness, prevention and response”, said the UN chief. “The costs have been catastrophic”, Secretary-General António Guterres mentioned in a declaration marking the day . The UN furthermore recalled the value of a One Health technique , which fosters the integration of  human, animal and plant health, in addition to environmental and other relevant areas. Moreover, progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been “thrown off track”, the top UN established argued.

Heed the ‘harsh lessons’

“On this International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, We urge all countries in order to stand with our efforts to guarantee the world is equipped and ready to take on the health challenges in order to come”. The particular UN system, particularly the  World Health Organization , plays a critical role in coordinating plus supporting national, regional plus international efforts responding to epidemics as well as in in avoiding, mitigating and addressing the particular impacts of infectious illnesses and epidemic – using the goal of advancing the  2030 Agenda . COVID-19 will not be the final epidemic or pandemic humanity faces, he warned. “We also need equitable access to vaccines, remedies, diagnostics and life-saving technology for all countries”, Mr. Guterres added.

A global combat

Partnership and solidarity among every person, community, State, and area, in all stages of epidemic management, are significant. WHO: A global response to a global pandemic He highlighted the necessity to “fight the scourge” of misinformation and pseudoscience along with “science and fact-based information”, reminding that a pandemic can not be fought country by nation.

Integrated method

“The world must get together.   COVID-19 was a wake-up call”, the Secretary-General stated. UN Member Claims have committed to ensure comprehensive, equal and non-discriminatory involvement, with special attention to those, who are vulnerable or in susceptible situations with the highest possibility of epidemic infection. And economies have been shattered, health techniques stretched, and trillions associated with dollars lost.

UN’s role

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However , the primary role plus responsibility lies with Governments and relevant stakeholders within tackling global health problems, especially women, who from the majority of the world’s wellness workers. International cooperation and multilateralism play an important role in responding to epidemics.

“Developing countries were often left to fend for themselves, shamefully refused the vaccines, tests or even treatments they needed to shield their people”, he lamented. Since the pandemic hit, he pointed out that millions of life have been lost, as hundreds of millions fallen ill.


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