Dr Poonam K Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia
As Nepal marks one year of the killer earthquake on 25 April, the health sector partners reviewed lessons learnt from the event and recommended strengthening and expanding emergency preparedness and response capacities beyond the national capital, and testing them periodically, to prepare better for future emergencies.
"We must learn from the Nepal earthquake, just as we did from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Applying lessons learnt from such events can help strengthen our efforts for preventing emergencies from becoming disasters," Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia, said.
Dr Khetrapal Singh was addressing a two-day ‘Lessons Learnt Conference: Health Sector Response to Nepal Earthquake 2015, organized by the Ministry of Health, Nepal, and WHO, here on 20-21 April. Priority lessons identified in the meeting would be consolidated into a road map for further action.
The health sector response to the Nepal earthquake was rapid, well-coordinated among the health partners, and tailored to the needs of the affected population.
"While acknowledging what was done right, we must also identify areas where we could have done better and explain the reasons behind these," the Regional Director said.