Attitudes need to change in the new normal towards health and well-being.
But it's about more than just changing behaviours-we need to change our attitudes. In the new normal, each of us is responsible not just for ourselves, but also for the health and well-being of our families, colleagues and broader community.” (Dr. Takeshi Kasai)
In what I consider to be wise advice, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, wrote a piece he entitled, ‘A Healthy Safe and liveable Pacific.’ His commentary was relayed by Radio New Zealand today and I would like to share some of the things he had to say.
“New and creative initiatives have been unleashed in the wake of Covid-19. For example, a much wider range of products and services-from farmers' produce to health services-are literally being delivered on people's doorsteps. Some of these new initiatives may provide solutions for problems we have been struggling with for a long time, for example reaching people who have previously been missed out.
“Other features of the 'new normal' are that we must all continue Covid-19 prevention practices, like physical distancing in public places, frequently cleaning our hands, and staying home if we're sick.
“But it's about more than just changing behaviours-we need to change our attitudes. In the new normal, each of us is responsible not just for ourselves, but also for the health and well-being of our families, colleagues and broader community. It's all of our jobs to listen to the science, stick to the prevention policies even as they shift, and support the vulnerable around us.
This is a region with a strong sense of community and a strong culture of supporting the vulnerable. I urge everyone in the Pacific, from food sellers, to teachers, to government officials-to remain focused and engaged. The road ahead will require solidarity, unity, vigilance and patience.
“Please join us in adapting to a new way of living, working and interacting. The more each of us does our part, the more we can bring back economic and social life, while staying safe.
“Ultimately, it's up to all of us to build a healthy, safe and liveable future in the Pacific.”
Source: Radio New Zealand.