Epidemic Preparedness Day: Urgent need to have robust health systems, says IGP


Press Statement

Unchir, Pauri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 27 December 2020: The India Greens Party (IGP) today said there is an urgent need to have resilient and robust health systems, reaching those who are vulnerable or in vulnerable situations.

In a press statement on the occasion of the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness today, the IGP President, Suresh Nautiyal, said the global health crises have threatened to overwhelm already overstretched health systems, disrupt global supply chains and cause disproportionate devastation of the livelihoods of people, including women and children, and the economies of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

The ongoing covid-19 pandemic has already had devastating impacts on human lives, wreaking havoc on long-term social and economic development, pointed out Mr Nautiyal.

The IGP President said future epidemics could surpass previous outbreaks in terms of intensity and gravity in the event of the absence of international attention.

In view of this, there is great need of raising awareness, the exchange of information, scientific knowledge and best practices, quality education, and advocacy programmes on epidemics at the local, national, regional and global levels as effective measures to prevent and respond to epidemics.

Mr Nautiyal said it is necessary to strengthen epidemic prevention by applying lessons learned on epidemic management and how to prevent the stoppage of basic services, and to raise the level of preparedness in order to have the earliest and most adequate response to any epidemic that may arise.

According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a significant role to play in coordinating responses to epidemics; however, the governments are responsible primarily to tackle the global health challenges.

The IGP is of the view that the governments must commit to ensure inclusive, equal and non-discriminatory participation, with special attention to those who are vulnerable or in vulnerable situations with the highest chance of epidemic infection.

-Issued by the IGP Spokesperson (North) Rafat Jamal.


(India Greens Party is registered with the Election Commission of India under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Registration Number: 56/476/2018-19/PPS-I, effective from 18/07/2019.)

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With Green wishes,
Suresh Nautiyal
President, IGP — India Greens Party. Website: www.indiagreensparty.org
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