WHO recently revealed that the level of political commitment and actions from these countries does not tally to the level of the threat faced worldwide.
According to the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the epidemic is actually a threat to all nations, rich or poor and high-income nations should even expect surprises.
He added that every government should educate its citizens to know the symptoms of the virus and protect themselves.
His words, “The solution is aggressive preparedness,”
“These are plans that start with leadership from the top, coordinating every part of government, not just the health ministry – security, diplomacy, finance, commerce, transport, trade, information and more – the whole government should be involved.
“Activate your emergency plans through that whole-government approach.
“Educate your public, so that people know what the symptoms are and know how to protect themselves and others.
“Increase your testing capacity; get your hospitals ready; ensure essential supplies are available.
“Train your health workers to identify cases, provide careful and compassionate treatment, and protect themselves from infection.”
“If we take the approach that there is nothing we can do, that will quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is in our hands,”
“We call on all countries to accelerate those plans, and we stand ready to work with them to do that. “More funding is being made available to support countries that need it, and that have plans in place.”
“Ultimately, how deadly this virus will be depends not only on the virus itself, but on how we respond to it. This is a serious disease. It is not deadly to most people, but it can kill.
“We are all responsible for reducing our own risk of infection, and if we are infected, for reducing our risk of infecting others.
“There is something all of us can do to protect vulnerable people in our communities. That is why we keep talking about solidarity.
“This is not just a threat for individual people, or individual countries. We are all in this together, and we can only save lives together.”
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