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There Will Be Another Pandemic

Hugues F Batsielilit
Hugues F Batsielilit Author Interview

COVID-19 AFRICA, HAITI, AND THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS helps separate the truth from myth and misinformation that has been rampant since the onset. What were your goals in writing this book?

The goal of writing this book was to start a conversation about the negative impact the denials and distortion of the COVID-19 deadly virus had on populations and countries at large. The COVID-19 outbreak will not be stopped for one fraction of a second by delusional denials, distortion, or ruse; instead, it will only be defeated by strictly unbiased measures that prevent its spread while at the same time allowing people to live productive lives.

China and some other more developed countries have been able to slow the spread of COVID-19 by acting objectively and enforcing proven effective measures such as lockdowns of homes and enforced closures of city and regional borders (known as cordon sanitaire). These measures, although stringent, are highly effective.

What are some takeaway you hope readers leave with after finishing this book?

The hard-core reality is that even if COVID-19 eventually goes dormant or the world’s populations reach protective herd immunity levels, there will be another pandemic, another epidemic that will rage out-of-control crosses borders, is spread by travelers, and becomes a pandemic. Epidemics and pandemics are part of our world. Travel and the transport and domestication of animals keep disease and vermin spreading throughout the world.

This means:

First, the only pragmatic solutions are to learn from past incidents, cull best practices from other countries, adopt them, and share knowledge, techniques, methodologies, and strategies.

Second, increase and guarantee funding (with accountability measures and enforcement processes) for PPE and medical equipment must be available.

Third, establish accountability measures to make sure data is gathered, reported, and corroborated honestly both within the country and with other nations.

Also, Africa, Haiti, and USVI must put aside false pride in reporting data that makes them look good. Such reporting is to the detriment of their people, as inaccurate reporting stymies any aid for which they may qualify from international sources.

Last but not least, if governments in African nations, Haiti, and the USVI will use the suggestions made herein along with others that are equally viable, the problems with delusional myths and denial of disease existence and transmission will be controlled and have less of an effect on population compliance with public health prevention measures.

They will be better prepared to respond to and survive the next pandemic; such as the omicron virus.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The books I am writing now are the responses to the urgent need to provide a comprehensive overview of cancer and contagious diseases impact within the African population.

The two books offer an analysis of the diseases, specifically cancer diseases in African countries, with the awareness that even though there may have many correlates, there are also discrepancies in the prevailing cancer disease conditions.

Africa is home to 54 recognized sovereign states and countries, 9 territories, and 2 de facto independent states with the second largest population in the world with 1.29 billion (after Asia), scattered over the vast Africa land, and presently, 60% more Africans die from cancer diseases than succumb to malaria, and the number of cancer deaths is widening at an awful pace.

The information laid down on those forthcoming books will be a step toward self-awareness and will also present a foundation for informed improvement in the current health sector systems along with an approach by which African countries may learn from more in reciprocal action to the need for proper knowledge of disease and improvement prevention process.

It’s hoped that these approaches will give the reader an attitude towards cancer and infectious diseases that will be relevant whatever the nature of an agent and the type of contagious disease could occur.

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In his travels, Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit, has worked with health clinics and public health programs in professional capacities observing the intersectionality of the human condition, government, technology, politics, and disease. His observations have provided first-hand knowledge of how healthcare systems and health outcomes are impacted when proper consideration is not given to the needs of citizens and governments do not prioritize health. He has witnessed the effects and impacts of poverty and unjust economic strategies upon the health of unsuspecting populations. COVID-19 shone a bright light on the inequities within economic structures, health, and overall life in general existing in many countries. Batsielilit follows that light, exploring how politics, myth, rumor, and superstition coalesce with poor health infrastructure allowing death and disease to flourish.
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