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Time to be prepared for future pandemics

 

Pradyu M

By Pradyu M

Mysuru, September 22:- The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief’s words that the Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last global health emergency and that nobody knows what the next health emergency will be definitely is a warning and an alarm call for the whole world and mankind at large. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s words have to be taken very seriously by all responsible heads of the government and each and every citizen on planet earth. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the launch of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) 2020 report further said that COVID-19 is a harbinger of future global health emergencies, and called for political and financial investments to prevent pandemics.

The Covid-19 pandemic has in fact exposed the failures of the modern world and its citizens. It clearly exposed that even though we are proud of our stupendous achievements in almost all the fields of science and technology, space and medicine we are just helpless in front of a nano-virus that has unleashed catastrophic health, social and economic consequences and has already caused irreparable harm to humanity killing thousands of people and thousands sick and suffering as the fatal tentacles of the deadly virus is creeping into every nook and corner of the planet. The whole of mankind  – nations rich and poor, countries developed and developing have all come under the impact of the virus which has caused severe disasters in the health systems, economies and even food supplies.

The world nations must forget borders, religion, race and creed and come together to find a solution to the present one and be prepared and ready to take any pandemic that can arise in future that sometimes might be severe than the one that is presently spreading around.

Responsible leadership and good citizenship, as the WHO puts it, are key factors that can encounter, control and avoid such health disasters in future.

The Covid pandemic has been a big lesson for the present generation and if nothing has been learnt and necessary steps are taken now, the question posed by Tedros “When will we?” is an apt reminder telling us that if things are not rectified now then the world is not going to be a safe place to live in and that is cent per cent true.

(The writer is a regular contributor to City Today).

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