Global partnership needed to overcome health challenges, pandemics: Health experts

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Berlin | The three-day World Health Summit (WHS) 2022 was held in Berlin from 16 to 18 October under the patronage of the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of this year’s summit was ‘Finding Solutions for Global Health’. In the summit, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan briefed the gathering about the lowest link about ‘Social Communication’ set up by WHO for healthcare services and information related to the pandemic.

WHS 2022 aims to bring together representatives working in the field of medicine, as well as health leaders and policy makers from all parts of the world. It also emphasized the need for synergy for global health development and encouraging innovations for future pandemics.

The summit was inaugurated in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and over 2,000 delegates from over 100 countries. At the opening ceremony, Scholz said that networking and good collaboration across national borders are important, especially in the area of ​​global health.

Guterres said that the world should take cognizance of the recent pandemic and we should establish a health system that every citizen of the world deserves. Ghebreyesus said, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the global health infrastructure as fragmented and inconsistent. He said that the whole world has to come together and only then global health can be taken to a new level.

Summit President Axel Price called for international cooperation, saying, “At this time, we must work together in ways unprecedented on an international level.” Balvir Singh Tomar, President of NIMS University, Jaipur also participated in the conference. Tomar said that this was the first individual global scale event after Kovid-19 in which more than 2,000 people working in the field of health from more than 100 countries participated.

Tomar said in Berlin, in order to prevent a minor disease from becoming an epidemic, we need to educate people at the grassroots level, so that any kind of epidemic can be stopped or controlled in time.