UN health agency stresses importance of sharing information to fight disease outbreaks

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WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. [WHO Photo]

All countries around the world need to cooperate and share information to fight diseases in accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

This point was made by the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan as the World Health Assembly continued its session in Geneva on Friday.

She said countries should inform the agency about any barriers that stop them from providing timely information about new infections or diseases so that it can give appropriate advice and support.

Dr. Chan reminded participants that WHO has many collaborating centres that specialize in different diseases.

"WHO collaborating centres will not take intellectual property right to stop the sharing of information and to stop or delay the development of diagnostic test or serology test and that is why they are given the credit and the reputation as a WHO collaborating centre. It is not easy to earn that title. It takes many years. And I want to thank many countries who are now moving forward in becoming and investing in becoming a WHO collaborating centre." (31")

Dr. Chan commended the developed countries that are helping and supporting developing countries in building laboratories and training people to deal with outbreaks of diseases.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'19"

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