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Minister Kevin Bernard reassures commitment to health and wellness at 75th World Health Assembly

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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2022. 4:15 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Minister of Health and Wellness, Kevin Bernard is representing Belize at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

During his address, Bernard said that testing and treatment remain the most critical component to ending the acute phase of the pandemic.

However, Bernard said that for developing countries like Belize, maintaining testing readiness is a challenge.

In addition, Bernard shared that average daily testing in the last month is barely a third of the rate of testing in January.

Bernard also spoke about the cost of testing and the unavailability of treatments in low and middle-income countries since high-income countries have bought almost all existing supplies.

“In the last 2 years, we have learned lessons that are essential to ending the acute phase of the pandemic. These lessons include the key role of multilateral institutions as well as the importance of adequate financing in particular to support the public health systems of vulnerable countries. International cooperation and support are indispensable and need to be sustained to ensure that our countries are able to maintain an adequate level of testing,” Bernard stated.

He also called for adequate funding from multilateral health organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF since those agencies will be critical to access treatments.

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