We are living in a phase of the silent war as Corona has unleashed unprecedented damage to humanity, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare recently said even as he hoped that the tough time will get over soon.
While addressing the Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development through Video Conference, the Health Minister compared the ongoing Pandemic to a transitory state of our civilization. He said, “We have not seen the Spanish Flu, World War I, and World war II. But we are living in a phase of a silent war. Over 100 million people perished. And in many cases, they could not be visited by their dear ones during the last moments of life. Their last-rites and funerals were also had to be done very humbly. And those millions who survived also have many complications, besides the financial burden put on them.”
Saluting millions of front-line health workers who bravely carried on with their duty in spite of risk and adversity, including professionals other than doctors and nurses likethe janitors, the EMT, ambulance doctors who are unseen pillars of the health care system, Dr. Harsh Vardhan elaborated India’s strategy to contain COVID.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan observed in this regard, “It is not the first one and definitely not the last one. But this COVID 19 will soon be a past episode of the 21st century. Our treatment protocol for COVID patients is well defined now. Fewer and fewer people infected are dying. We will have vaccines available very soon, and the cases will significantly go down in the next few months.”
Detailing that India has already mastered all components of Modern medicine from antibiotics to emergency care, surgery, immunization, and vaccine, the Minister noted that the focus is now on the cost, quality, and affordability of this system which are becoming more complex. He elaborated that India has already made strides in remote diagnostics and treatment using latest telemedicine technology to treat people in many of India’s 7,00,000 remote villages.
Speaking on Yoga and Ayurveda, he mentioned them as India’s gift to the world. He said, “The ancient knowledge and health-management system have been using nature’s cure for millennia. The time has come for modern medicine and India’s traditional system to go together with an integrative approach to impact our lives and much better disease outcomes.” He thereafter invited knowledge and technology experts and inventors to come to India, join hands with the country’s scientists and experts, and create a great collaborative platform to heal people all round the globe.