Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Recent disease outbreaks, like Ebola and Zika, have demonstrated the need to anticipate pandemics and contain them before they emerge.It was thanks to easy international travel that in recent years the dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses were all able to hitch a ride from east to west, causing massive outbreaks in the Americas and Caribbean.Building an effective prevention and containment strategy – being bio-prepared – is the best way to reduce the threat of a global contagion. Simply stated, preparing for the next pandemic means not only building global capacity, but also paying for it.Public health officials in many parts of the world struggle to respond to disease outbreaks, owing to a dearth of labs and clinics.At the moment, onerous spending rules and weak financial commitments are tying the hands of those working to prevent the next serious disease outbreak.Public health is an essential element of global security. Failing to invest appropriately in prevention of infectious-disease outbreaks puts all of us at risk, whenever or wherever the next one occurs.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE