By MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
The world community has been intimated to be ready for future global outbreaks of viruses, antimicrobial resistance, inequality and climate crisis.
Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Gbebreyesus, announced the piece of information at the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR).
IPPR will evaluate the world’s response to Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, WHO explained in a news statement issued on 9th July, 2020.
“Even as we fight this pandemic, we must be readying ourselves for future global outbreaks and the many other challenges of our time such as antimicrobial resistance, inequality and the climate crisis,” Dr Tedros said. “COVID-19 has taken so much from us. But it is also giving us an opportunity to break with the past and build back better.”
According to Gbebreyesus, the magnitude of COVID-19 pandemic which has virtually touched everyone in the world deserves commensurate evaluation.
“This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control,” he said on the occasion.