Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Issues surrounding pandemic preparedness took precedence at the 124th assembly (Jan 19-26th in Geneva) of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. In a report to the assembly, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, advised:
“Influenza pandemics are historically recurring events. We are wise to prepare….On World Health Day this year, we will be looking at ways to ensure that hospitals and health care facilities survive, structurally and functionally, in times of natural disasters and conflict. This is another part of preparedness.”

Countries were urged to cooperate with each other to solve health care and licensure issues surrounding a pending influenza pandemic. Vaccine-sharing/distribution was encouraged, and expanding the capacities of developing countries for vaccine-production was also addressed.

To see Dr. Margaret Chan’s full report, go to the World Health Organization.
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