One important question can be asked when considering the over-all health of people around the world. Can healthcare initiatives keep up with the demand of the world’s health issues? It appears the actions of mankind has been creating more health crisis which is adding to the already over burdened healthcare systems in place around the world. That is to say, that people and especially children are at risk of long term illnesses or premature end of life. Warzones have created millions of refugees and countless wounded victims. Unstable governments and poverty have always been a problem for acquiring adequate healthcare for many people, and when medical personnel and facilities are attacked it creates a tragedy beyond human comprehension. Unfortunately the world is not a safe place for people caught up in the politics of war and outright retribution for personal affiliations. With terrorism and war threatening the physical health of people there is also a mental health crisis which accompanies the unfortunate refugees who escape from their homelands. The many victims that never recover from such mental scaring stay traumatized for life. It is important that people get the medical care they need for both physical and mental wellness.
In many states as well as in Louisiana government officials had refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act which would have broadened healthcare for many citizens. Louisiana’s new governor John Bel Edwards has now taken that initiative to expand Medicaid which should improve healthcare throughout the state. Considering the ongoing crisis of obesity that already exist in the state and throughout the nation, long term poor health statistics were already projected to be at record high levels without considering other unexpected potential health problems.
Mosquitoes have carried many diseases such as West Nile virus which has threatened and taken lives in Louisiana and now mosquitoes are spreading the dangerous Zika virus which is causing alarm in Brazil and seems to be posing a rapid threat to other American nations. Although the Zika virus may not be deadly it can cause serious birth defects. It is a seemingly endless struggle to detect and prevent the spread of new strains of viruses before they become epidemics and threaten the lives of many people, and without sufficient healthcare systems in place the problems grow in serious proportions.
Aside from other natural health disasters now a drinking water crisis in Michigan has endangered thousands of people with many children in jeopardy because of irresponsible decisions made by public officials. People would not expect the water they drink could potentially kill them but that is yet another problem facing citizens because their governments have neglected to do what is proper procedure to treat the water people drink. Some recent incidents of improper water treatment have happened in Louisiana as well and are never excusable when it come to neglect and attempting to make budget cuts. It seems that public officials are willing to play Russian roulette with the lives of citizens but what they are doing is in fact a criminal act of endangerment.