The global fight against COVID-19 will win if governments take full responsibility and invest in durable solutions, Zambian experts.
The experts who spoke to Xinhua pointed out that governments remain responsible for the health and wellbeing of their citizens and that their policies have a huge bearing on everyone in their charge.
They said this in response to the growing numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic.
Currently, the U.S. has a third of the global confirmed of cases of COVID-19.
Several experts have since indicated that the initial U.S. response was notably slow in terms of preparing the health care system and instituting travel bans or testing for the virus among other things.
“Under President Obama, they had preparations on what to do in case of things such as COVID-19. Donald Trump dismantled those structures and that is why the U.S. has been caught unprepared,” said Social Scientist Professor Owen Sichone.
The governments know what to do and if they fail to do it, it is not out of ignorance but out of their own choice pointing out that the tendency to put profits above human health has proved to be costly, said Sichone, director of the Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Copperblet University.
“The main thing is to change the ideology of putting profits above human health. That was the fundamental mistake and it has cost the world greatly,” he asserted.
And former director at Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies Misheck Mwanza said from the very beginning, the U.S. felt that COVID-19 was a distant thing that would not affect them.
According to Mwanza, this is what has greatly contributed to the increase in the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and elsewhere.
“But the numbers of confirmed cases started escalating and that is when he (Trump) woke up and started throwing the blame on other people including the WHO. If you think you have failed, do not accuse others, just admit it and chart the way forward. Ask others how they have done it and apply it to your own context,” he said. Enditem