International panel of scientist have warned that world is facing risk of international pandemic which can wipe out entire populations.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a organization formed by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation created after the west African Ebola outbreak, has said governments must take stronger and larger actions to counter the risk of such scenarios.
GPMB has stated that,
“Acute risk for devastating regional or global disease epidemics or pandemics that not only cause loss of life but upend economies and create social chaos”.Stated by GPMB
“The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,”Stated in report released on last wednesday
“A quick-moving pathogen has the potential to kill tens of millions of people, disrupt economies and destabilize national security.”
“Poverty and fragility exacerbate outbreaks of infectious disease and help create the conditions for pandemics to take hold,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, acting chief executive of the World Bank and a member of the panel.
Calling on governments to “heed the lessons these outbreaks are teaching us” and to “fix the roof before the rain comes”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, said countries must invest in strengthening their health systems, boost funds for research into new technologies, improve coordination and rapid communication systems, and monitor progress continually.
WHO has always warned of future outbreak, if such situation come government should be prepared as this pandemic spread through air, water etc.,