01 February, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Prelims and Mains focus: on the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on the world; reasons for WHO declaring it a global health emergency
News: The death toll in China from the new coronavirus reached 213, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency.
Reason for the declaration
The WHO was declaring a global health emergency because it was concerned about the virus spreading to countries that did not have the resources to deal with it.
Measures to be taken after the declaration
International Health Regulations (2005) Procedures concerning public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC)
Some serious public health events that endanger international public health may be determined under the Regulations to be public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC). The term Public Health Emergency of International Concern is defined in the IHR (2005) as “an extraordinary event which is determined, as provided in these Regulations:
This definition implies a situation that: is serious, unusual or unexpected; carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border, and may require immediate international action.
Source: The Hindu
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