“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong national and subnational health systems as the foundation of global health security,” Tedros said at a virtual news conference on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
According to Tedros, current trends mean more than five billion people will lack access to essential healthcare by 2030 – including the ability to see a healthcare professional, access to essential medicines and running water in hospitals.
“Gaps like these not only undermine the health of individuals, families and communities, they also jeopardize global security and economic development,” he said.
The WHO chief stressed that the world spends about $ 7.5 trillion on health each year, nearly 10 percent of global GDP, that the best investments are in promoting health and preventing disease at the primary health level.
“Prevention is not only better than cure, it’s cheaper and the smartest thing to do,” he said.