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Council : World Health Organization

Country : People’s Republic of China

Topic Area A : The Rise of Zika Virus

"Since health is a matter of universal concern, so everyone needs to be involved and be engaged” -Wang Longde, China’s Vice Minister of Health

In today’s highly mobile, interdependent and interconnected world, the containment of infectious diseases has retained its key importance not only for single country but the whole world throughout the last decades. In times of increasing migration, globalization and global travel paired with climate change and rising numbers in population, preparedness for potential outbreaks is essential. As April 2016, Zika virus transmission was solely documented in a total of 62 countries.[1] Nowadays, People’s People of China has also been on alert as experts warn the warming weather may facilitate the spread of the mosquito-borne virus and the fact that the number of infected people within China has reached ten people. China truly considers this outbreak as global concern since Zika infection can potentially harm the bright future of the next generation which has been reported to cause birth defects such as microcephaly, neurological disorder, underdeveloped or impaired growth and other severe brain defects.

Past Actions by PRC

PRC has been at the forefront of medical innovation for several decades, particularly in the area of epidemic disease control. It has been proven since PRC had to deal with many epidemics in the last decade such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003 and H1N1 in 2009. In the effort of overcoming other case of epidemics, China considers paramount need to strengthen global cooperation. As the result, China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) has put forward four Strategic Priorities which include improving global health and fighting epidemics.[2] _In the meantime, PRC has adopted a multi-level approach to any health crisis through provision of medical, technical and financial assistance to train the medical personnel, establishment of laboratories and treatment centres and also cooperation with local communities to contain diseases spread on the ground. PRC also helped to improve healthcare infrastructures in remote provinces as well as strengthening the early detection and response capabilities. As a concrete measure, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission has been already tightening quarantine areas equipped with test kits for Zika and urging the citizens to remain vigilant as temperatures rise during the spring and summer months.[3]_ Moreover, the PRC government has also stepped up screening of travellers at airports to eradicate mosquitoes on aircraft.

Proposed Solutions

People’s Republic of China believes that multifaceted approach is crucial in the containment of epidemics, both immediate short-term effort and lon...

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