What can the U.S. pandemic response learn from Nigeria, and Native Americans?

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

A recurring theme in the United States is our lack of preparedness, from the disbanding of the federal pandemic response team, which is fraught with controversy, to the lack of safety gear, ventilators and hospital beds around the nation.

Elsewhere in the world, and even within the U.S. borders, other governments appear to be more prepared.

Does Nigeria have an edge on fighting pandemics? 

Nigeria, with a population approaching 200 million, may have better tools to fight the novel coronavirus, thanks to its 2014 battle against Ebola. 

The looming crisis may show if Nigeria’s “horizontal,” community-based approach to healthcare is better equipped than the vertical, top-down approaches used in countries like the United States.

Sources: Equal times (opinion)

This Native American tribe is more prepared than the U.S government

The Lummi tribe’s public health measures to fight Covid-19 are among the most advanced in the United States.

They did not wait for the federal government to acknowledge the scope of the crisis, but instead implemented their own measures in rapid succession.

The tribe, numbering more than 6,000 members in Washington state, has been preparing since the virus first emerged last year in Wuhan, and is almost ready to open a field hospital.

Source: The Guardian

Thailand is deploying public-health robots

Robots are also on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.

So-called “ninjas” are being deployed in Bangkok — and more are being rapidly manufactured — to carry out basic and essential hospital tasks and helping human health workers distance themselves from infection.

Source: Agence France Presse

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