Pakistan is among the least prepared countries | Instant News



ISLAMABAD: How ready is Pakistan to respond to and overcome the COVID-19 crisis? The latest report on the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) based on data shows that Pakistan is among the countries that are least prepared to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus.

Considering the level of human development, capacity of the health care system, and internet access, Pakistan is one country that is vulnerable to Covid-19 due to lack of preparedness. For every 10,000 people, Pakistan only has 9.8 doctors, five nurses, and only six hospital beds. The country only spends 2.8 percent of GDP on health. This level of preparedness shows how vulnerable Pakistan is to this pandemic.

In contrast, developed countries with very high human development ratings have an average of 55 hospital beds, more than 30 doctors, and 81 nurses per 10,000 people. The most developing countries have an average of seven hospital beds, 2.5 doctors, and six nurses.

It also highlights the problem that is being faced by people during locking. The digital divide according to this report becomes more significant than before. Nearly 6.5 billion people worldwide – 85.5 percent of the global population still do not have access to reliable broadband internet, which limits the ability of people to work and continue their education.

The new UNDP data dashboard revealed huge differences between countries in the ability to overcome Covid-19 and recover. According to this report, shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, show the ability to respond significantly lower and uneven.

According to this data, India has 7.8 doctors for every 10,000 people, while India has 21 nurses and 7 hospital beds for every 10,000 people. India spends 3.7 percent of its total GDP on health. In contrast, developed countries like the United States have 125.9 doctors, 86 nurses, and 29 hospital beds for every 10,000 people. The US spends 17.1 percent of total GDP on health.

According to this report, the South Asian region has 7.8 doctors per 10,000 people. The region has 17 nurses and eight hospital beds for every 10,000 people.

“Although everyone has the potential to be affected by this pandemic in certain ways, some individuals and groups are more vulnerable, and suffer more hazards and have a much longer path to recovery. Poverty adds a high risk of long-term consequences. Despite the recent advances in poverty reduction, about 1 in 4 people still live in multidimensional poverty or are vulnerable to it, and more than 40 percent of the global population has no social protection.Globalization has brought new opportunities and increased efficiency, but, as witnessed by the COVID-19 pandemic, disruption at one point in the chain it can trigger serious local problems elsewhere. The effects of such an event can be detrimental to countries and people who, for example, depend heavily on tourism such as the island nation, the flow of remittances, or receive official development assistance, “the report said.

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