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Global Public Health Policies by KV Ramani

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CHAPTER 1

Public Health: An Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Most of us think of health only when we fall sick. All of us know that prevention is better than cure, but how many of us take adequate measures to prevent from falling sick? We assume that our hands are clean when we sit down to eat. We assume that our feet are clean when we go to bed. We assume that the water we drink is safe. We assume that the food we get in restaurants is safe. In general, we assume our life is safe unless something unusual happens in our community like the outbreak of dengue, chikungunya, or the outbreak of Ebola1 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria in 2014.

Health issues affecting any community, instead of health issues of individuals, are addressed under ...

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