Although scientists, researchers and doctors all over the world are working hard to reveal studies and new cures for diseases that affect our modern times, the global health system is still unprepared for mass disease epidemics. The greatest example in this matter is the Ebola outbreak that started last year in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone killing more than 11.000 people, leaving medicine professionals helpless in front of the rapid changes the virus went through, becoming more powerful and thus more prone to making even more human victims.
A new threat appears to take shape, with Guinea recently declaring that new Ebola cases have appeared and the virus could spread again.
It’s nevertheless paradoxical that with all the new technological progress global medicine is still so unprepared to face world health crises. The unpredictability of diseases can result in large numbers of victims but still, humans nowadays have everything in their hands to be able to avoid and predict a potential evolution of viruses and take all measures to stop that from happening.
It is somehow scandalous that in the XXI’st century, the world is so unprepared to face serious crises related to health. What about all the studies and all the investments that are made in the health industry, to fight diseases and to overcome potential crisis situations? And what about strong analysis over the past, that could offer clues about the future and what about a better management when it comes to health risks that threat an entire population?
A lot of ink is being spilled over health matters, with researchers developing new and innovative medicine to fight cancer, HIV and other life threatening diseases, but the results are always late, with people still dying in large numbers not only beaten by those mentioned above, but taken by surprise and swallowed by viruses and bacteria rapidly spreading and posing real and disastrous threats on worldwide health systems.
There is still no well-resourced, coordinated international response to kick in. And that’s a real paradox, considering all the enlightened minds that work together to develop a better, stronger and unbeatable health system that should make the world a better place. This gap must be covered with some more efficient know-how rather than large money investments that only result in successes inside a remote laboratory rather than in real life situations. This serious problem will most probably be debated at the upgoming G7 summit, as Médecins Sans Frontières released a statement about the importance of an improved health system.
The Ebola pandemic is something that cannot happen anymore in the future and this can only be done if great minds everywhere gather together, to strongly and accurately analyze the cause and work on its potential effects, for a safer future.
Too little funding goes into the development of new drugs and vaccines and this is a matter of high concern, because we need to make the global healthcare system better, stronger and safer. Leaders of the G7 countries were asked to commit to developing an efficient emergency response system against epidemics and international health crises.
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