Zika Virus Pandemic Requires Urgent Action From WHO

Posted: Jan 28 2016, 4:08am CST | by , Updated: Jan 28 2016, 10:19pm CST, in Latest Science News


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Zika Virus Pandemic Requires Urgent Action from WHO
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Urgent action is required from the World Health Organization regarding the Zika Virus pandemic.

The Director General of WHO has been urged to call a meeting to discuss what is to be done about the Zika Virus pandemic. The idea is to bring together the global medical forces in order to combat this scourge that is beginning to afflict mankind like the plague.

The viewpoint of Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, and Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown got published online on anuary 27 in journal JAMA.

It is biting, incisive and to the point. The basic thesis is that WHO is not doing its job of eradicating this disease called Zika Virus. Already WHO failed in taking up the initiative to end the Ebola Virus when its outbreak in Africa occurred.

That was a big mistake that led to thousands of deaths and endless suffering on the part of those who contracted the virus. There are even more serious consequences if the Zika Virus is not handled carefully and dealt with in the nick of time.

Up until now, the Zika Virus had been considered to be a disease that didn’t need much in the way of attention. But the possible link of Zika Virus with Guillan-Barre syndrome and microcephaly (which causes birth defects) has caught the attention of the world authorities.

An action plan is a must of we are to end the devastation caused by this disease. It began in Brazil but by now it has spread to North America, Europe and even Asia.

The malady clearly knows no borders or boundaries. If there was any lessons learnt from the Ebola Virus it was that action was necessary to counter these biological hazards. And the action ought to be taken with promptness. No delays ought to be tolerated.

WHO as well as such paragons of progress as the United States were like the proverbial “deer in the headlights” when the viral outbreaks occurred.

Now with Zika Virus being the #1 priority among diseases that must be overcome, the thing which must be seen is what the postindustrial world does about it. An emergency must be declared. And quarantine is a necessity too.

Although these steps are painful they are a necessary evil. Among the steps that WHO could take are: control of mosquitoes, spreading of awareness, stringent migration standards, R&D for vaccine development and last but not least focus on public health and hygiene.

WHO is not the sole factor in the fight against Zika Virus. Other agencies have a vital role to play as well.

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