The pandemic has badly impacted the global health progress which could lead to a setback to the progress achieved in the past 20 years. World Health Organization (WHO) signals countries around the world to move swiftly to repair and reinforce their health systems in 2021, in order to effectively deliver the vaccines.
The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed over 1.75 million lives worldwide, due to the inadequacies in the health systems across countries.
“In 2021, WHO will work across all three levels of the organization and with partners worldwide to help countries strengthen systems so that they can respond to Covid-19 and deliver all essential health services required to keep people healthy,” says WHO.
WHO announces the 10 global health issues that should be kept in check in 2021. It also states the measures like speeding up of accessibility to the public for Covid 19 tests, vaccines and medicines to tackle the health inequities. It also suggests that the countries should work together to build global solidarity for worldwide health securities.
Countries should strengthen health data and information systems and provide global leadership for data and science to check on the progress towards health related goals and monitor the emergencies and scientific developments.
The non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in the past two years, according to WHO. The pandemic highlighted the need to prevent and treat the mental health and NCDs.
WHO says, it is of vital importance to ensure that the common man gets diagnosis and treatment programmes for heart diseases, cancer and other critical diseases. Also, it said, this would be the major focus in 2021 along with new Global Diabetes Compact, and campaign that would help around 100 million people to quit tobacco.
Covid 19 provides us with an opportunity to come back with “better, greener, healthier world” in 2021, said WHO.
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