- The world is about to face another pandemic after COVID-19
- This concern was raised by Bill Gates on Wednesday, January 27
- Gates, therefore, called on governments to take primary healthcare systems seriously
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Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has called on governments across the world to get ready for the next global pandemic that will hit the globe.
Gates said all nations, including Nigeria, should invest massively in primary healthcare systems that will avert avoidable deaths, The Cable reports.
The multi-billionaire said the deaths from the healthcare deficit in Africa are more than the mortality rate from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"...the deaths from the deficits and primary health care are dramatically higher every year than the total deaths going on in Africa from this pandemic, and so I hope it causes everyone in society to look at these health issues.”
Gates added that there should be close to 100% coverage of all the vaccines and that they should be readily available in all the functional primary healthcare centres.
The American business mogul made it known that the coronavirus may not be the last pandemic and as such, there should be serious preparations for what is coming next.
“The unfortunate reality is that COVID‐19 might not be the last pandemic. We don’t know when the next one will strike, or whether it will be a flu, a coronavirus, or some new disease we’ve never seen before.
“But what we do know is that we can’t afford to be caught flat‐footed again. The threat of the next pandemic will always be hanging over our heads—unless the world takes steps to prevent it."
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Earlier, Gates had expressed pessimism on coronavirus ending by 2021 even with the COVID vaccines giving a flash of hope.
The American billionaire and Microsoft founder stated that with the COVID-19-related lockdown still active in the US and some countries, the pandemic may continue into 2022.
Gates predicted that 200,000 additional deaths are likely to be recorded unless preventive measures are taking with keen seriousness by people.