COVID-19: Lessons from the Losses

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Sep 7 | By Joedawg | 75 Profile Views | Comments: 0
COVID-19: Lessons from the Losses

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 07 (IPS) - If countries considered Universal Health Coverage (UHC) a central policy in their health systems, the COVID-19 has surely demonstrated the need for its urgent and widespread roll out. The pandemic has upended world systems in a manner that no scientists or sophisticated global intelligence could have foreseen.


Having been tapped to join the World Health Organization's Executive Board to represent Africa midst this global crisis, I am persuaded that despite its toll, this pandemic has ‘blessings' on its flipside. COVID-19 has exposed the global crisis of weak healthcare systems that previously lay under the carpet and forced nations' global attention on strengthening systems to achieve UHC. Kenya, for example, has never suffered any major epidemic, having escaped the SARS, Swine Flu and even the deadly Ebola that ravaged neighboring countries. This is therefore a first and has indeed tested its preparedness for epidemics.


Read the full story, “COVID-19: Lessons from the Losses”, on globalissues.org

https://www.globalissues.org/news/2020/09/07/26800


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