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Ferguson calls for resilient health systems at World Health Assembly

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:32 PM
Fenton Ferguson

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has called for urgent, comprehensive and cohesive action from Governments to build resilient health systems that can withstand shocks and deal adequately with emergencies.

Ferguson was speaking at the World Health Assembly now on in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Health Minister said open borders coupled with climate change have led to the migration and introduction of diseases that some regions have never seen before. 

He pointed to the spread of the Chikungunya virus to the Americas and the continued threat of new diseases such as the Zika virus.

Ferguson added that the outbreak of the Ebola virus and how quickly it spread reinforces the need for resilient and robust health systems.

 

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

Meanwhile, the health minister noted that countries including Jamaica are also faced with an ageing population and a preponderance of non-communicable diseases, which will result in significant demand on the health sector.