The writer is an epidemiologist and public health specialist.
October 10 is dedicated to mental health and the only way to take away the stigma associated with mental-health care is to make it accessible and routine
A takeaway from this pandemic has been that most patients need attentive listening and empathy from the health providers more than just medicines to heal
A long-term and effective pandemic response needs broader additional expertise than medical care. The NTF will have the responsibility to ensure that India does not end up with a medicalised response to a public health challenge.
The first pandemic in the age of social media has thrown up the challenge of a glut of unverified information about the virus and the disease
That health is intrinsically linked to jobs, economy, social well-being, climate change and education
In the year that is now behind us, the virus, the pandemic and related interventions changed many things around us. For most, daily routines were disrupted. The lockdown and other pandemic responses resulted in reduction of economic activities, the loss of job opportunities, economic slowdown and caused hardship to every citizen.
Health has been and is at the front and centre now and will be so for a year or more. This is the time to highlight the need for increasing investment on health services, to strengthen them and make them fit for future challenges.
Dealing with COVID-19 will require continuous evidence generation. That’s why sero-surveys are important.
The lockdown was expected to slow the spread of virus and for getting health services ready to respond effectively. However, when lockdown was removed, it became clear that preparedness was not sufficient.
Imposing curfews at any sign of the surge in COVID cases does not solve any purpose. Instead public health facilities need to be strengthened and safety protocols stringently adhered to