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CHOLERA IN THE LIGHT OF COVID-19: COERCIVELY DISPLACED PEOPLE'S NEGLECTED CHALLENGE

Asmita Ghosh, *Debraj Mukhopadhyay, Parth Patel, Dattatreya Mukherjee, Jayeeta Chowdhury and Sagnika Samal

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Since 1817, the global problem of cholera has become public health. A bacterium Vibrio cholerae, this acute diarrheal infection is spread via infected water or food through the faecal oral path. Cholera affects 2.9 million people a year and causes worldwide 95,000 deaths. The standard hypothesis was a miasma, linked to a local geographical climate pathogenesis. The air was believed to be the vector of cholera damp, polluted, industrial town air. The contagionists who considered people to be the medium and to be able to bring them into any geographical area disputed this. But the medical profession was not able to understand why some patients appeared to be serious, some moderately and some absolutely not. And if it was really infectious, then would it be mostly poorly damaged?.[1] Subject to low levels of access to health and inadequate living conditions such as overcrowding and dislocation of water, sanitation and sanitation facilities (wash) and forced-displaced communities face elevated cholera rates. Cholera can be prevented and forecasted but without adequate and prompt responses it can be fatal. We claim that the Covid-19 virus's dissemination, which can be tracked using virologic and epidemiological models, coincides with feverish diplomatic and political activity among major geopolitical powers. However, this is not a recent phenomenon in the history of medicine. The social and economic problems posed on a global scale by the cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century prompted the first meetings between diplomats and health professionals. Indeed, traditionally, health sciences and diplomacy have been co-produced. A historical viewpoint on research and health diplomacy helps one see multinational organizations like the World Health Organization as intensely strategic and diplomatic endeavors. The Diplomatic Studies in Science, a recent interdisciplinary research area based on a historical viewpoint on science diplomacy, sheds light on the various factors leading to the current global COVID-19 crisis.[2] During the Cold War, the organization rose to global leadership in health and illness issues. However, tensions between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War harmed it. Throughout the postwar years, the WHO had a significant impact on the global diffusion of medical science, procedures, technology, and materials. It standardized treatments for common conditions, prescription approval protocols, and health data collection. The WHO, for example, has promoted the international use of drugs and vaccines, as well as attempting to cure epidemics such as syphilis, small pox, and polio. It does not, however, have clear power to enact its recommendations. Our point is that the WHO is something more than a professional and apolitical organization. Rather, throughout its history, the WHO has been a product of the global political, societal, and economic sense. To accomplish their objectives, the most powerful member states press for their own agendas and mobilize their diplomatic networks within the organization.[3] At a time when government and non-governmental organization (NGO) health facilities are being overburdened by COVID-19, the heightened danger of cholera should not be ignored. Ethiopia's Tigray crisis exemplifies the increased danger of cholera raised by the pandemic's intersection with escalating crime, food and water crises, migration, and infrastructure and health system disturbances. Both Ethiopia and Sudan are cholera-endemic countries that have seen many cholera outbreaks in recent years, including outbreaks in 2019, 2020, 2021.[4,5]

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