World Health Organisation WHO (United Nations body) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusalso adds to his speech that Covid 19 was just the beginning of the pandemic era in the world.
A video message was delivered by him marking this Sunday, Dec 27, 2020, the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. He added that all the government is spending tons of money to protect themselves and make them a superpower. Still, no one is preparing themselves for future outbreaks like Covid 19.
Even the world’s biggest economy, the United States of America, became helpless due to the Covid outbreak in their country. Thus, it can be easily seen and summed up that no one is currently prepared for future biological calamities like these.
The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are “doomed” without tackling climate change and animal welfare. – World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusalso said, “it was time to learn the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic. For too long, the world has operated on a cycle of panic and neglect. We throw money at an outbreak, and when it’s over, we forget about it and do nothing to prevent the next one. This is dangerously short-sighted, and frankly difficult to understand.”
According to the first annual report of The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board’s September 2019 on world preparations and facilities for health emergencies, our planet is not all prepared for all the potentially devastating pandemics that might and will arise future. This report was published a few months before the novel coronavirus broke out from China.
Our history warns us every time about all the pandemics that have taken the lives of millions of people. We still believe that we are ample ready to face any calamity and situation that will arise like a surprise in the mere future.
Few lines from his speech.
“The pandemic has highlighted the intimate links between the health of humans, animals and planet.”
“Any efforts to improve human health are doomed unless they address the critical interface between humans and animals, and the existential threat of climate change that’s making our earth less habitable.”
The world will soon be ‘turning upside-down’!
Like other pandemics, Covid has also taken many lives across the globe. A rough estimate of the same is around 1.75 million, while around 80 million cases (roughly) are registered till the day Tedros added, “In the past 12 months, our world has been turned upside-down. The impacts of the pandemic go far beyond the disease itself, with far-reaching consequences for societies and economies.”
According to the former Ethiopian health minister Covid 19 or novel coronavirus pandemic was not a surprise, as many repeated warnings were given to the world.
“We must all learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us,” Tedros.
Tedros added every country should invest in preparedness for their resources and capacities to prevent, detect, and mitigate all kinds of emergencies that can surprisingly occur out of nowhere, just like coronavirus. He also called and pleaded for a stronger primary health care provider for every country.
Tedros said that “ if we can ensure that our children and their children inherit a safer, more resilient and more sustainable world.”
The United Nations General Assembly now declares the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness to promote the primary importance of preparedness, prevention, and partnership in tackling epidemics