Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has released the document, ‘Chasing the Virus: A Public Health Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic’. The publication is a chronicle of the response to the pandemic for the period January 2020 to November 2020.
“The document ‘Chasing the Virus: A Public Health Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’ is a factual narrative of the health systems response across the nation to this unprecedented health emergency. Volume-1 of this document captures the various facets of the response spanning pandemic-related actions as well as enabling health systems to provide uninterrupted access to non-COVID essential health services. We all know that we have fought this battle with the contribution of every stakeholder. It will be difficult to document the efforts put in by all the people in fighting our battle against the pandemic,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
He underscored how the unprecedented pandemic of global magnitude was converted into an exceptional opportunity. “The hindrances that were faced in the initial days of the pandemic were resolved. We used to import PPE kits initially. Now, we not only manufacture sufficient kits for India but we are exporting them to other countries. The labs which started from just 1 in January 2020 have now expanded to 2433 across the country. We are also exporting vaccines to many countries.”
The biggest lesson, he stressed” “from our fight against the pandemic is that it gave us a major boost in confidence. The country can fight any adverse situation and challenges coming our way. We have fared better than many countries.”