Nigeria: Aisha Buhari to World Leaders – Infectious Diseases Can Ruin Economies
At “The Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Opening Dialogue” on the margins of the ongoing 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United State,
The wife of the Nigeria president, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, says infectious diseases pose challenges far beyond the health sector as they can ruin the entire global economy, and that the rise of infectious diseases could also spread fear and panic as well as “impact the very core of society as shown by the recent Ebola epidemic.” While she was addressing an audience comprising medical professionals, non-governmental organisations, community representatives, the academia and chief executives of pharmaceutical companies, urging world leaders to include tuberculosis as part of the challenges confronting the global community, warning that the world is too inter-connected to treat such a deadly infectious disease in isolation or as a regional disease, and she also noted that no disease in history had crossed as many borders and inflicted as much damage as tuberculosis.
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