WHO Chief urges global preparedness for ‘deadlier’ disease

portrait of a woman doctor wearing a protective suit during the pandemic
(Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN In a crucial address to the World Health Assembly, Chief of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted the urgent need for global preparedness in combating the spread of a "more deadly" disease surpassing the severity of the coronavirus. اضافة اعلان

While acknowledging the progress made in addressing the current global health emergency, Ghebreyesus cautioned that the conclusion of this crisis should not be mistaken for the end of global health threats, Addustour reported.

Addressing the assembly, which convenes annually with representatives from WHO’s 194 member states, Ghebreyesus emphasized, "The danger persists with the emergence of a new variant leading to new waves of disease and death." He underscored the persistent risk of another potential disease, which could prove even more lethal.

A new program to monitor disease pathogens
In response to the ongoing challenges, WHO announced the launch of an international network dedicated to monitoring disease pathogens. This network aims to enhance early identification of emerging disease threats and enable prompt responses through the utilization of genomics.

Ghebreyesus confirmed that the primary objective of this initiative is to provide all countries with the means to access pathogen genomic tracking and analysis as an integral part of their respective public health systems.

Meanwhile, he stated that the availability of genomic information on viruses, bacteria, and other disease-causing organisms empowers scientists to analyze and track diseases more effectively.

Meanwhile, it aids in the development of targeted treatments and the creation of vaccines.

The WHO's comprehensive approach, including global preparedness and the establishment of an international pathogen monitoring network, demonstrates their commitment to safeguarding global public health.

By staying vigilant and proactive, the international community can effectively address future health threats, ensuring the well-being and safety of populations worldwide.

Read more Region and World
Jordan News