WHO SAYS PANDEMIC A WAKE-UP CALL FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS INVESTMENT
The World Health Organization (WHO) has underscored the need for countries to invest in “strong health systems and primary health care” with the Covid 19 pandemic.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said the Covid 19 pandemic is a wakeup call for countries to undertake strong health initiatives as they provide the “best defense against (such) outbreaks.”
All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by WHO, Ghebreysus said.
“The good news is that people around the world are living longer and healthier lives. The bad news is the rate of progress is too slow to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and will be further thrown off track by COVID-19,” he added.
“The pandemic highlights the urgent need for all countries to invest in strong health systems and primary health care, as the best defense against outbreaks like COVID-19, and against the many other health threats that people around the world face every day. Health systems and health security are two sides of the same coin.”