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Healthcare should be available, affordable & accessible to all says Secretary, MoHFW

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As a country we must try to achieve a mortality rate of less than one percent and healthcare should be available, affordable, and accessible to all, informed Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Participating in a virtual conclave ‘Clinical Protocol and Case Management in COVID-19’, organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), jointly with FICCI and AIIMS, Bhushan said, “We must ensure that no patient (of COVID-19) is left untreated and our system should be available, affordable and accessible to all.”

Adding to it, Dr. Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group urged that public-private collaboration is imperative for Clinical Management of COVID-19.

“While both the private and public sector healthcare providers are facing their own challenges, this crisis has given the opportunity to come together and work for the society. This is the time when we need to exchange best practices and evolve the most effective care guidelines using collective knowledge and experience. This will go a long way in augmenting the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in healthcare for the country,” she said.

Informing that COVID testing capability is available in each district of the country and the government is trying to further scale it up, Prof Balram Bhargava, Secretary, DHR & Director General, ICMR, said, “Every day is new learning for COVID response, and we need to continue to work on war footing through early diagnosis, testing, tracking, and treatment until the pandemic is over.”

Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, highlighted the importance of following evidence-based treatment protocols given the huge heterogeneity in the current treatment modules, leading to increased mortality.

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A presentation on clinical protocols and best practices in case of management for COVID-19 and various treatment options available in the country, their implementation as well as effectiveness was done by Dr. Manish Soneja from AIIMS.

Dr. Alok Roy, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals, shared the industry concerns and the need for re-thinking of referral framework for COVID-19 and the rising challenge of inadequate infrastructure in non-metro cities and rural areas.

The conclave was organized to share the best practices and effective treatment modules being implemented by the public and private sector hospitals in the country. The Ministry also encouraged the hospital representatives to share their key concerns and challenges being faced while managing COVID-19 in their facilities. Senior doctors from reputed private sector hospitals also shared their experiences and challenges in their fight against COVID-19, specifically the financial stress on hospitals and shortage and safety concerns of healthcare workers. The event was attended by more than 150 hospital representatives, senior doctors, and clinicians from across the country.

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