The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has made its 6th emergency declaration since the organization was mandated with such power in 2005.
The international public health organization made this huge announcement following the surge in death toll in China and the widespread of the coronavirus in countries other than China where it originated. The number of deaths in China is now pegged at 170 with almost 8000 reported cases.
The statement from who also affirms the claim that there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of China with eight of such cases being human-to-human transmissions recorded in countries such as, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.
Speaking at the conference in Geneva, Chief of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,”.
Just a week ago, the expert committee of the W.H.O was hesitant to make this declaration because of what it comes along with. Once the organization presses the Red button on a certain health condition, governments across the world have the option to close their borders, cancel flights and undertake thorough screening, which leads to loss of revenue and also inconveniences the schedules of people.
The extent of the damages, however, forced the committee to rescind their initial stance. With this declaration, a more proactive effort and attention will be drawn to the deadly virus worldwide for a solution to be developed within the shortest possible time.
It could be remembered that the same emergency was declared for the pandemic influenza in 2009, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (2013-2016), polio resurgence in 2014, the Zika virus outbreak in 2016 and an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.