The World Health Organisation has declared that the Zika virus no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. In this light, can WHO and governments around the world shift their focus on other diseases? Critically examine.

Zika virus has brought the world to its knees when there were 2,300 cases of confirmed microcephaly in 2015 with non availability of vaccines to the virus . WHO has declared zika virus a public health emergency on feb 1. With reduced incidents of reports now WHO decided that Zika virus will no longer be a public health emergency.

In this light we can not say that WHO and other governments will shift their focus from Zika to other diseases.This is because

  1. There are no definite vaccines available still now to cure the Zika virus infection
  2. Though it established link between Zika Virus and Microcephaly ,there is a need to continue the research on the Zika virus and its other effects on the humans and to develop a a effective vaccine
  3. Zika virus has spread to almost 65 countries and it is not know when it will rage again.
  4. There are no effective methods to contain the spread of the Zika virus
  5. Above all, Zika virus poses a great danger to the future generations as present born babies will have reduced head sizes thus have the effect on mental capabilities of children and it will become a burden to society

Though WHO declared Zika as not a public health emergency, It said “it is not downgrading the importance of Zika” and ” the response is here to stay”. This will remain true for governments as well.

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