Trade Union Minister Jitendra Singh urged health workers “not to panic” about a possible third wave COVID-19 infection and stressed that the main approach should be “caution, no panic”.
He said at the 2021 Public Health Summit on the new imperatives to strengthen public health in India, instead of succumbing to the lure of panic surveillance, one could calm down a little.
At an event hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industries, Singh said Covid-compliant behavior could serve as a defense against a third wave.
“I have a small request to my medical colleagues not to create panic about a possible third wave, because the main mantra is precaution, not panic.
“Let’s unite all forces to fight the second wave, instead of talking about the third. Health professionals have found a good platform in the media … so instead of succumbing to the lure of alarmists, we could be a little more reassuring, ”the minister said.
He also said that public-private partnerships in the health sector have intensified amid COVID-19. pandemic…
Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Dr. Randip Guleria said: “As we prepare now for the possibility of a third wave and (proliferation of) new options such as Delta Plus … we need to look ahead and see how we can strengthen our the public health system is focused on the lessons we have learned from the past. “
“COVID-19 has shown us that we need a reliable healthcare system. We need to meet the challenges we face. One is insufficient investment in health care. Another is that the public health system must be based on technology and data to help us make decisions based on facts, ”he said.
The AIIMS director emphasized the need to build a specialized workforce, improve healthcare infrastructure, and increase the doctor-to-patient and nurse-to-patient ratio.
“COVID-19 has taught us the importance of strong public-private partnerships. We must get out of the silos.
“We had a vaccine (available) in less than a year (since the start of the pandemic), but most of the vaccines released were not developed by industry, but by the academic community. This came about through a partnership between the industry and public health experts. The need for this was felt like never before, ”he said.