Global News published this video item, entitled “COVID-19: Canada must transform health system to prepare for future pandemics, Tam says | FULL” – below is their description.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is urging the federal government to transform its public health system so the country is better equipped to handle future and present health threats.
The country’s top doctor said Monday the COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call on the need for “public health renewal” in Canada.
Part of that involves improving public health data collection and surveillance, she said.
Tam says gaps in Canada’s ability to collect data about the pandemic hindered the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
She also warned against scaling back public health funding once the emergency has passed, as government’s often do, which could leave Canada at a disadvantage at the onset of the next crisis.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.