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Rebuilding Healthier Nation: Challenges in Dealing with Pandemic Situations

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A spectrum of healthcare experts congregated and discussed about the impact of the ongoing pandemic Covid-19 at the Healthcare Transformation Virtual Summit held recently. They highlighted challenges and the way out to combat the situation at the two-day summit.

Initiating the discussion, Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, said: We are going through very difficult times, experiencing one of the worst episodes in human history. Covid-19 has generated an atmosphere of extraordinary challenges and uncertainty all over the world. Early warning system is must to get ourselves prepared for any such future pandemic. Then timely action and public awareness are other important things. We must have logistic planning, enough number of beds, ICU equipped with ventilators and other emergency facilities, and standard procedure of treatment.”

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Dwivedi, CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre highlighted necessary steps hospitals need to take to deal the situation. He said: “Certain countries have done very well in response to the pandemic while some other didn’t do that well. How you are dealing the situation that matters the most. Countries which responded to the situation, experienced lesser mortality and better management. Those reacted to the situation in unprepared manner, there severity was more along with chaos. Ideally there should be a strategy in place to deal with the situation in holistic manner. Basic building block—infrastructure should be there and resource should be used prudently.”

Underling importance of technology in today’s times, panelist Gandharv Roy, COO, MEDICA Super Specialty Hospital, said: “Technology has enabled accessible and cheaper healthcare. In an era of IT and technology, people have easy access of data and information. Corona virus has in a way brought opportunity to work on weak areas to make the organization future ready. Telemedicine is flavor of the season now. People are seeking tele consultations for chronic diseases. Distribution of healthcare professionals is a challenge. Rural areas don’t have enough number of doctors to tackle patients.”

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