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WHO urges governments to build better hospitals that can withstand disasters

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 07 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1453
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization says in a new report that thousands of lives could be saved in emergencies if governments around the world were to build safer hospitals, upgrade or refit existing facilities, and train health personnel in disaster preparedness, so that they function effectively during and after calamities.

    “In large emergencies, such as those caused by earthquakes or floods, some countries have lost as much as 50% of their hospital capacity, right at the time when life saving services were most acutely needed,” said Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general.

    “It costs surprisingly little to construct …

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