The world is currently faced with the next level of Pandemic with the outbreak of the COVID-19 the illness caused by the novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, is a significant challenge for the entire world. All countries are affected by this pandemic directly or indirectly everyone must act together to fight this.
Countries such as China, Italy, Spain, Iran, South-Korea, etc. are currently the most affected by the virus. Canada has also been affected and so far over 700 cases have been confirmed out of the 54,745 persons tested as of March 18, 2020. The Canadian government has since responded quite well to this health threat creating different infrastructures, collaborating with all levels of government in Canada including stakeholders.
Canada also closed its international borders, limit entrance to Canada for anybody who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. If you are a citizen or a permanent resident who is returning to Canada from another country, you will be placed on a 14 days surveillance and self-isolate yourself. These actions will help to reduce the spread of the virus.
The Canadian government has adopted a working principle and plan that has been used to tackle the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. This principle and plans have helped to ensure that the country is well prepared and in a good position to respond to future pandemic problems just like this one.
Strategy And Plans Set Out To Counter A Pandemic Outbreak
- Collaboration with the different levels of government including the stakeholders to help provide effective and calculated responses.
- Evidence-informed decision-making – decisions should be based on the best available evidence.
- The level of response should be proportional to the level of the pandemic outbreak
- Flexibility – actions taken should be tailored to the situation and evolve as new information becomes available.
- A precautionary approach – timely and reasonable preventive action should be proportional to the threat and informed by evidence to the extent possible.
- Use of established practices and systems – well-practiced strategies and processes can be rapidly ramped up to manage a pandemic.
- Ethical decision-making – ethical principles and societal values should be explicit and embedded in all decision-making.
And in-line with the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the Canadian government has implemented these plans and strategies to tackle this situation.
How Has The Canadian Government Implemented These Plans?
- The Canadian government has created a Public Health Agency of Canada that monitors and responds to pandemics that may endanger Canadians.
- Appointing a Chief Public Health Officer that advises the government on the steps to follow in the case of an outbreak
- The development of the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Planning Guidance for the Health Sector, which sets out guidance to prepare for and respond to a pandemic.
- The government has also improved the National Microbiology Laboratory
- The government also has set up a good working relationship with the World Health Organization.
Preventive Measures To Reduce The Spread Of The Virus
- You must constantly wash your hands and avoid touching your face as much as possible especially your eyes, mouth, ears, and nose.
- Avoid mixing up with Crowds
- Use hand sanitizers often and always wear a face mask
- Stay indoors and avoid unwanted visitations.
Areas in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of March 18
|Territory||Recorded Cases||Probable Cases|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0||3|
|Prince Edward Island||1||0|
Originally posted 2020-06-09 06:00:04. Latest Buzz On IbuzzUp Media