This public health crisis poses a serious threat to the sustainable development and well-being of the population, so it requires a regional approach, as the president emphasized at the opening of the extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government of the SADC, which is done roughly.
The key is an integrated and holistic approach that addresses not only health challenges but also economic, social, environmental, and governance challenges, he added.
The president insisted on preparing for public health emergencies, which means a commitment to strengthening health systems, epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental surveillance, mitigating risks, and educating the population.
“We need strong emergency plans, trained human resources, and effective alert systems that respond quickly, efficiently, and in a coordinated manner to control and prevent cholera outbreaks in our region,” he said.
He added that this is a fight that requires a global strategy that combines health promotion in communities, quality health care, effective case management, and the strategic use of oral vaccines against cholera as a preventive measure.
In this regard, he mentioned that many SADC members have limited resources to purchase medical products, vaccines, laboratory tests, and reagents for prevention and adequate and timely management of cases, while he considers the “limited capacity to access vaccines” very worrying.
“It is necessary to question the existing standards and adapt them to the current context so that countries have timely, equitable access and in safe quantities for all populations in affected and dangerous areas, especially victims of natural disasters and border areas with active cases.”
In this sense, it is considered urgent to strengthen the mechanisms of technology transfer and investment in factories for the local production of drugs, medical products, and vaccines, with the aim of self-sufficiency, as well as guarantee economic and technological development, job creation, and promotion. innovation in the pharmaceutical sector in the region.
“Our approach must focus on sustainable actions that improve access to drinking water, provide adequate sanitation, and promote individual and collective hygiene practices essential to preventing the transmission of diseases, reducing morbidity and mortality, and protecting the population,” he pointed out.