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Health system revamp for disease surveillance delayed

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Authorities have acknowledged that the urgent overhaul of the health system, aimed at enhancing the detection and control of communicable diseases is behind schedule.

The improved surveillance system, initially set to be in place by next month, now awaits a final independent report due in September, according to a report in state media. The Ministry of Health revealed that implementation would hinge on the recommendations of this report. Recent reports have pointed out issues such as “tension,” overlapping responsibilities, and unclear accountability between the National Public Health Service (NPHS) and the Public Health Agency (PHA), demanding immediate action to resolve these problems.

The NPHS and PHA, central to a $60 million initiative spurred by the pandemic’s exposure of fragmentation in the health system, are working to streamline processes for managing disease outbreaks and immunizations. Despite challenges, they aim to establish a world-class surveillance system with defined accountabilities. However, progress has been slow, with documents revealed to state media showing minimal details on the advancement of the surveillance work. The strategy for integrating national surveillance across the country is expected to be released in mid-year, even as Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority, is set to be disestablished, raising further concerns about oversight and coordination.

The replacement of the National Contact Tracing Solution by the National Disease Management System (NDMS) by 2025 marks a significant step in enhancing data sharing and disease management capabilities. Hosted within a secure section of Amazon’s cloud servers in Sydney and supported by technologies from Snowflake and Salesforce, the NDMS aims to uphold privacy and security rigorously. However, the system faces risks, particularly from ‘insider curiosity’, even as external misuse of the data remains unlikely.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Another poorly thought out and implemented WHO initiative. We are possibly lucky the WEF, WHO and UN are full of inept retards that wouldn’t earn anything in the real world.ie tedros ,helen clarke and now bloomfield. Do we need to have anything to do with these evil institutions as we have smarter and more loyal citizens already in our wonderful country, if we want to keep it!

    • No, we don’t want to have anything to do with them.
      But parasites rarely ask the host for permission, unless you call that election.

  2. Surely the issues are around public loss of trust in all things vaccine, lack of investigation, research and resource, teamed up with overwhelmed health systems. Add into this equation the wishful thinking of a minority few in regard to proactive monitoring and managing disease outbreak and this will inevitably be ‘very poorly perceived’. The damage has been done throughout the Covid exercise.
    Until there is a thorough, transparent and honest detailed worldwide review of ‘all ‘aspects of Covid there will be no desire nor support for these types of initiatives. People have woken up and generally no longer care…..time these entities understood, there are consequences for their actions.

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