Just one year after the devastating Covid pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the global health emergency officially over. This is a momentous milestone for global health, as the virus has caused more than 20 million deaths and has had an unprecedented impact on communities around the world.

The news has been met with jubilation and relief from citizens of all countries. In Nigeria, for example, the news has been particularly welcomed. President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crack down on gun ownership following two mass shootings within 48 hours, killing 17 people.

The WHO’s decision to call off the health emergency marks a crucial step in the process of rebuilding and restoring the world’s health systems. In addition to this, the organisation has also applauded the progress made in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles and polio, and praised the ambitious efforts of countries such as Nigeria that have made significant strides in ensuring universal access to healthcare.

The news of the WHO’s declaration is also a reminder of the importance of global solidarity and the need for countries to work together to address global health challenges. The world has faced an unprecedented health crisis and the WHO’s decision provides a source of hope that the world can emerge from this crisis stronger and more united than ever before.

As we move forward, we must not forget the lessons learnt from the pandemic and the importance of global health. The WHO’s announcement is a reminder that we can overcome any challenge if we work together. And, most importantly, it serves as a reminder that the world is stronger when we support each other.