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Be United In Response To Health Threats, New Book Beckons World Leaders

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

A new book has been launched that calls on world leaders and politicians to unite in their response to the Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and other threats to health and the global economy.

The book was launched on the occasion of the World Health Summit 2020 and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).

The name of the book is: “Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together,” and it is the latest in a series of titles published by the Global Governance Project in collaboration with  World Health Organization (WHO).  

“This year’s edition features another prestigious line-up of authors, including Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa,” WHO said in a news report.

Calling for coordinated action in response to COVID-19 and on other pressing health-related issues, the publication focuses on five key areas, namely: Inclusive economics, defined by a new social contract and the pursuit of progress for all; the fundamental requirements for a healthy life and equitable health care; quitable investments and how to make universal health coverage a reality; health in the digital age and how technology can help reshape the human rights agenda; and the long-term outlook on global health 

Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, said: “It has never been clearer that health is a political and economic choice. In the past 20 years, countries have invested heavily in preparing for terrorist attacks, but relatively little in preparing for the attack of a virus – which, as the COVID-19 pandemic has proven, can be far more deadly, disruptive and costly.” 
The first book in the series Health: A Political Choice. Delivering Universal Health Coverage 2030 was launched in 2019, according to WHO. 

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