“We agree on the need to socialize the proposals made and prioritize the region based on our realities,” Dr. Evelyn Martinez, deputy director of international relations for this country’s Ministry of Public Health, said before Directive 59. Pan American Health Organization Council.
In the virtual meeting, which will be held from September 20-24, the Caribbean nation on Thursday presented a report on strengthening the preparedness and response of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization to health emergencies.
The document notes that the Covid-19 pandemic has put health mechanisms in crisis, but also various agencies of the United Nations system, including the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
He points out that this epidemiological situation poses a challenge beyond us, which is why the mechanisms established at the global level for prevention, preparedness, surveillance, response and recovery from emergencies and disasters must be rethought.
“It is necessary to determine whether the adoption of new tools is the solution or, on the contrary, it will be to adapt existing tools in pursuit of their greater effectiveness,” Martinez said during his speech.
This year’s PAHO Steering Board focuses on responding to the epidemic and health challenges in the region.
Representatives of the member states of the United Nations and international organizations participate in the virtual event.
Speaking at the meeting last Monday, Cuban Minister of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal, thanked the Caribbean country for the cooperation provided by the Pan American Health Organization in the fight against COVID-19.
For the good of our people, solidarity and cooperation can be distinguished over selfishness, and this is what the epidemic has ratified, according to the headline.
He stressed that in these difficult times, the largest of the Antilles maintains its support for the health sector in 59 countries on all continents, and medical brigades have been sent to 41 countries to combat the disease.
So far, the Americas region has been hardest hit by the pandemic, with 88 million 207,746 cases of infection, more than two million people and 175,000 dead.
Many participants in the meeting emphasized the importance of solidarity as the only way out of the current epidemiological crisis and the need to better prepare for the possibility of new epidemics in the future.
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