Recommendations: Ensuring minimum healthcare infrastructure is in place to manage a pandemic
- In an age where there is constant threat of a global pandemic, it is crucial for countries to invest and develop adequate healthcare infrastructure, talent and procedures to be able to respond effectively. The recent virus outbreaks of SARS, MERS, Ebola and COVID-19 have taught us that no country can be fully immune to a pandemic, and that the spread can be rapid and deadly. Having access to basic healthcare infrastructure assists with early detection and classification of a potential disease and is vital to efforts to contain the spread.
- Equally important is the establishment of a rapid response system and a robust implementation plan to mobilise resources, coordinate initiatives and communicate with the masses. As the GHS Index shows, having healthcare infrastructure is only one part of the equation. The execution of national-level plans, effective implementation and monitoring are also essential.