Editorial

India’s tryst with mass vaccination

Dr. Ravi Gupta

We are on the cusp of New Year–2021 which brings new hope, vigour and willingness to take life with positive attitude. While 2020 is known for Corona, 2021 being touted as a year dedicated for Covid-19 vaccine.

2020 has been synonymous with Corona virus which brought whole world to its knees. Job loss, lack of access of medical facilities, insecure & negative environment, and mental stress are some of the spillover effects of the pandemic. But the pandemic also has positive side to look upon. The biggest learning has been to readjustment tendency as per the situation and dealing the challenges at multiple fronts in planned and strategic manner. Another takeaway has been creation of sustainable healthcare infrastructure, leveraging digital tools and innovative practices in order to enrich healthcare experience of people from every nook and corners of the country.

Though the covid-19 situation is improving considerably with the hope of vaccine being round the corners, other challenges do exists in terms of vaccine inoculation to masses. Our latest issue of eHealth is based on the similar theme of COVID-19 vaccine and how challenging is to vaccinating billions of people.

The cover story titled ‘COVID-19 Vaccinating Billions: Mission Possible?’ highlights various points related to implementation of vaccination drive across the country. Through experts’ viewpoints, the story tries to explore various pertinent points–who all will be in the priority group to receive shots in first round, storage capacity, and trained manpower among others

The magazine also has interview of Dr K Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), Niti Aayog, Government of India, who talks about government’s flagship initiative of National Digital Health Mission which aims to streamline digital health infra across the country to facilitate quality and accessible care to masses.

It also carries interview of Dr. Piyush Ranjan, Senior Consultant, Institute of Liver Gastroenterology & Pancreatico Biliary Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, who highlights Inflammatory Bowel Disease, its symptoms, and prevention.

The issue also has conference reports of Healthcare Transformation Summit and radiology and Imaging Summit where domain experts and industry veterans pondered on existing challenges and how innovations and digital technologies could prove to be game changer to do away with them.

With this bouquet of articles and interviews, we hope this latest issue will invite an invaluable feedback of our readers.

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