Need for strong national health systems for pandemic preparedness.
Data transparency and political sensitivity are two of the most critical challenges to effective global cooperation on the COVID-19 outbreak, and they are deeply entwined. Data transparency is the key to building much-needed trust, and preventing the misallocation of resources, which could slow down the response. Some countries in Asia, where China holds significant economic and political influence, face a difficult task in balancing effective disease response with the political sensitivity necessary for a successful, cooperative, global response. The best way to counter misinformation in the media is with an aggressive onslaught of facts. The best way to respond to the coronavirus outbreak is by making Vaccine development a top priority, Finding treatments, expanding diagnostic capacities, boosting hospital readiness and communicating facts clearly with the public. Travel bans can’t keep all cases of the virus out of a country. As the epidemic expands, cases may originate in any number of countries. This virus is likely past the point of containment. We need to focus on mitigating its impact by speeding the development of diagnostic tools, vaccines, and drugs to treat infections. Strong health systems are certainly a crucial foundation for preparedness. All countries, rich or poor, need to have a set of core national preparedness capabilities. For example, they need strong surveillance systems in place that can detect infectious diseases with pandemic potential, robust case detection, and effective contact tracing. Pandemics are global in nature and they require a global response, not just a national one. A whole set of “transnational” activities, called global public goods, is another critical plank in pandemic preparedness. Health care workers are our first line of defense against disease, whether coronavirus or otherwise. In order to safely and effectively do their jobs they need to both have proper training and the right protective equipment. This keeps them safe during a large outbreak like we have now. The goal in implementing public health measures during suspected outbreaks is to balance the freedom of individuals against the restrictions on freedom required to achieve legitimate protections of the public's health, with public and transparent justification of policy decisions. Quarantine is considered a measure of last resort given the severe restrictions it imposes on individual liberty, and when misused or ineffective can severely undermine trust in government.
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We cordially invite scientists, academicians and researchers from around the world to contribute their current research undertakings to our upcoming issue (Volume 4| Issue 1) on behalf of Editor-in-Chief to disseminate information related to pandemic preparedness.
Associate Managing Editor
Integrative Journal of Global Health