World celebrates 1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
The UNGA called on nations to observe the day “in accordance with national contexts and priorities” through education and awareness-raising activities.
After the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) disease devastated health systems and destroyed long-term social and economic development across the world, a need for a system that helped build resilient health systems, and enabled organisations to reach those who are vulnerable, was felt. “There is great need for raising awareness, the exchange of information, scientific knowledge and best practices, quality education, and advocacy programmes on epidemics at the local, national, regional and global levels as effective measures to prevent and respond to epidemics,” the United Nations website said.
A lack of international attention on this need would result in future pandemics surpassing previous outbreaks in terms of intensity and gravity, it added.