Out of 195 countries, Thailand was ranked fifth in the world – and first in Asia – on the Global Health Security Index this year. The list is compiled by John Hopkins Centre for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and other health experts worldwide.
The index evaluates the health security of countries by analysing 171 questions divided into 6 categories with 37 indicators and 96 sub-indicators. This year the US topped the health security list, followed by Australia, Finland, Canada, and then Thailand. The US had a ranking of 75.9 while Thailand earned a 68.2 health index score. The countries at the bottom of the list include Nauru, Equatorial Guinea, Syria, North Korea, Yemen, and least health secure: Somalia with a score of 16.
The list evaluates a country’s ability to respond to pandemics and epidemics and the Thai government took a victory lap after the global recognition as the results were announced Wednesday. A Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said that the top level ranking shows that the government’s public health policy and management of the Covid-19 pandemic were highly effective.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha took the opportunity to express gratitude for frontline workers, medical personnel and all the public health volunteers that came together to identify and contain Covid-19 infections and outbreaks. He encouraged the people of Thailand to stay vigilant and stick to health and safety measures in place to protect everyone from Covid-19, especially in the face of the Omicron variant. He said that continued RT-PCR testing for foreign arrivals and high-risk areas and demographics will continue to protect the health of Thailand.
The entire Global Health Security Index is below:
SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand
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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.
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