The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a strategy designed to protect people's health during huge emergencies. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that the plan is designed to safeguard the health of the populace in the event of a bioterrorism incident or other large-scale crisis.
The nation's first such a comprehensive plan stresses priority for government and nongovernment activities in a large-scale emergency during the next four years, Sebelius says in a release.
"As we've learned in the response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, responsibility for improving our nation's ability to address existing and emerging health threats must be broadly shared by everyone--governments, communities, families, and individuals," Sebelius says. "The National Health Security Strategy is a call to action for each of us so that every community becomes fully prepared and ready to recover quickly after an emergency."
The National Health Security Strategy and an interim implementation guide outline 10 objectives to achieve health security, including fostering informed, empowered individuals and communities, ensuring responders are aware of any changes in any given emergency situation and reaching out to enhance national, continental and global health security.
The strategy also recommends a new review of the country's current medical countermeasure system for producing and providing medical countermeasures.
Source: Global Security Newswire
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