The Philippines rank #53 in preparedness to handle global outbreaks and pandemics
We're just behind China and Slovakia.
According to the Global Health Security Index, the Philippines rank only 53rd in its preparedness to handle global health risks, including pandemics. It sits behind neighboring Asian countries like Malaysia (#18), Japan (#21), Singapore (at #24), and China (#51).
This is worth noting in light of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak, which used to only threaten the province of Wuhan in mainland China. Today, as of press time, at least 81 people have died, and 2,700 others have been infected in more than a dozen countries. While there has been no official confirmed cases in The Philippines (though a handful of Filipino patients are under probe), it’s worth taking personal precaution to prevent themselves extracting the virus.
In the same study, the United States, United Kingdom, and Netherlands rank as the top three countries that are prepared to handle global outbreaks. On the other hand, North Korea, Somalia, and Equatorial Gineau are among the least prepared countries.
“The average overall GHS Index score is 40.2 out of a possible 100. While high-income countries report an average score of 51.9, the Index shows that collectively, international preparedness for epidemics and pandemics remains very weak,” submits GHS Index.