Health Desk- 30 Sep 2020: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic has highlighted the intimate links between humans and the planet on which we depend.
The WHO chief said, ‘There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious setback to our collective efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.’
WHO Director General said these on Tuesday while addressing at the Bahrain Vision Forum- ‘Shared visions for a successful future: SDGs Beyond COVID-19 Kingdom of Bahrain and WHO’.
But we cannot allow it to become an excuse for failing to deliver on our commitments, he added.
WHO recently published “Manifesto for a Healthy and Green Recovery”, with policy prescriptions for natural resource protection, smart water and sanitation investments, renewable energy, healthy food systems, and liveable cities.
There are three goals Tedros believes countries should focus on: First, greater investment and leadership is needed for health system strengthening and health security. Second, it is critical to strengthen not only national but also subnational investments in primary health care, public health services, and outbreak surveillance and response. And finally, “building back better” means building back greener.