Important Roles The World Health Organization Plays During Pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) plays an important role during a pandemic. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, it has been taking necessary steps to tackle the crisis. WHO provides help in various ways during a pandemic.
Prepares countries for the crisis
Whenever there is an outbreak of the virus, WHO prepares the countries to take initiatives to tackle the virus; for the COVID-19 pandemic, it has issued a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. The plan states the necessary actions that the countries should take and the resources they will need to execute the plan.
WHO has 150 country offices around the world, including Canada, that closely monitor these actions. They set up a Solidarity Response Fund to make sure the patients get all the care they need to fight the virus.
It also ensures that the frontline workers in Canada and elsewhere get the necessary resources. WHO also takes initiatives to accelerate the research works needed to develop a vaccine for the virus.
Providing accurate information
When a pandemic outbreaks, people get nervous. A lot of rumour is spread about the new virus. WHO ensures that people get all the right information about the virus.
WHO takes feedback from expert health professionals before presenting any information about the virus. It provides accurate and timely information about the current condition of the virus and advises on how to prevent it.
Giving resources to the frontline workers
The WHO ensures that the frontline workers get all the resources they need to fight the virus. During this pandemic, personal protective equipment was given to 133 countries, including Canada. Millions of diagnostic tests were dispatched. It takes steps to ensure that the private sector accelerates the production and distribution of medical supplies.
Training health workers
WHO takes steps to train the health workers in Canada and other countries via the OpenWHO platform. The frontline workers got valuable knowledge about fighting the COVID-19 virus. This ensures that the frontline workers can give the best service to the patients.
WHO ensures that the country offices are disseminating information about the virus and the action plan properly. That way, the spread of the virus can be controlled, and people can be treated well.