Federal Minister of health Germany, German GROHE warned on Friday, may 19, about the risks of a potential new major global epidemic. He declared before a meeting of Ministers of health of countries of the Big twenty (G20) in Berlin, reports The Local.
“The world is not quite ready for the dangerous diseases that proved the disease caused by the Ebola virus,” he said. The Ebola virus in the 2014-2015 year in West Africa has killed more than 11 thousand people, causing the most deadly epidemic in recent modern times.
New cases of the disease in Congo were classified by the world health organization (who) as being at high risk for the country. “Coming next crisis, the Minister said, – we don’t know when and where it will occur and how dangerous is the virus, so we need to prepare for such cases now.”
In an interview with Deutsche Ärzteblatt GROHE said that the world is not technically prepared to combat the epidemic.
Health Ministers of the G20 meet on 19 and 20 may in Berlin to discuss measures that can be taken in the event of an outbreak of the virus. In a closed format, the Ministers will consider the scenario of an epidemic outbreak in a fictitious country, in the agenda – discussion of anti-crisis measures that must be taken to prevent the epidemic.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine, closed the training process will be allowed only Ministers and representatives of international organizations, as well as a consultant.
The scenario assumes a struggle with an unknown virus. The task of the training is to provide the exchange of information and assistance. This experiment could be “homework” for all States, the Minister said.
The G20 are the 20 largest national economies – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, UK, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Turkey, France, South Korea, South Africa, Japan and the European Union.
After the epidemic of the Ebola media scare new unknown diseases. For example, in early may in the African nation of Liberia died 12 people, as reported by the newspaper, due to a mysterious “illness of unknown etiology”. The media reminded about Ebola, although it turned out that it was food poisoning, not related to viruses.
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone was at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, which since 2013 in the three countries died more than 11 300 people.