Why has the world not taken better care of the people when there was a global pandemic? Why is it that people have to go to the doctors and hospitals when there are simple treatments that can cure these problems? Why is there a problem with diarrhea and vomiting in the United States and the United Kingdom, but not in Nigeria or India? Why is there a problem with the drugs that the Western World has introduced into the world market, yet these drugs have not shown any effective results anywhere in the world? Why has the medical establishment not come up with a Pandemic Coronary Syndrome treatment that will cure the current outbreak of this deadly disease?
The pandemic is upon us. It is a perfect time to think about what primary healthcare really is. This, according to conspiracy theorists, is the hidden agenda of the World Health Organization and other international agencies. In essence, all the guidelines and protocols for dealing with an outbreak are based around a single premise, which is the avoidance of crowded, unsanitary conditions in general. However, with the implementation of these guidelines, the risks of contracting an epidemic is greatly reduced.
Why is this? Simply put, the world’s people are no longer interested in having their body mass examined every week, month or year. They prefer to live their lives in clean, healthy conditions with little stress and with little risk of disease. However, if those conditions change, suddenly they have no alternative but to visit their doctors or emergency rooms. This means that primary healthcare is no longer a viable option for those who are affected by these conditions. They either have to go into surgery, or they have to endure excruciating pain while the doctor examines their bodies.
Why is this? In order to understand this, you must first realize that people, especially the young, tend to be quite lax about their health. It is easy for them to go to the local gym or to engage in any number of physical activities without giving it much thought. But when illness strikes, suddenly everyone knows that their bodies need to be examined, and they go to their primary care physicians or hospitals, only to find that the pandemic is going to have an impact on their treatment options.
The problem is not unique to the United States. In other countries around the world, the pandemic has had such an impact on primary healthcare that people simply avoid visiting the doctors and emergency rooms. If you go to a primary healthcare center in India, for instance, you will quickly find that there are very few patients asking for an appointment. The result is that the staff has to work overtime just to maintain the existing patient flow, and the infrastructure is quickly falling apart.
In the United States, the same thing has happened to the Department of Health and Human Services’ field office in Puerto Rico. The Department of Health has been overwhelmed by the response to the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico, and many people have died or been put in serious health risks. The crisis is being handled, but it is vital that the entire country begins to think carefully about its commitment to primary healthcare. As a nation, we cannot wait until another major catastrophe hits us before we realize the importance of investing in the care of our most vulnerable citizens.