WHO urges countries to invest now for future pandemic battle
The World Health Organization on Wednesday asked nations to put resources into getting their social insurance frameworks fit battle the following pandemic instead of scrambling around in alarm when it hits.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of WHO, said investing now would spare lives later, as the deaths from COVID-19 flooded past 250,000.
In a virtual briefing in Geneca, Tedros said that the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually recede, however, there can be no returning to the same old thing.
He added that they cannot continue to rush to fund panic but let preparedness go by the wayside.
“As we work on responding to this pandemic, we must also work harder to prepare for the next one.”
Tedros said the world spends around $7.5 trillion on health every year — just about 10% of worldwide total national output — however putting resources into the groundwork for rising pathogens had been disregarded for a really long time.
Tedros said that bot only was prevention better than cure, it also proved cheaper in the long run.
According to him, if we learn anything from COVID-19, it must be that investing in health now will save lives later.
In an AFP tally, the novel coronavirus has killed at least 257,000 people and infected more than 3.6 million.
He also said that a review of the UN health agency’s performance would be conducted in time.
Tedros said that for now, we should really focus on fighting the fire and saving lives.