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Covid-19: What India learnt about health emergency preparedness

Source(s):  Live-Mint/Hindustan Times, HT Media Limited

By Neetu Chandra Sharma

With most countries, including India, not well equipped to respond effectively to outbreak of major infectious diseases, the World Health Assembly has asked nations to dedicate domestic investment and recurrent spending to health emergency preparedness [...] [and] ensure that all countries are better equipped to detect and respond to cases of covid-19 and other infectious diseases.


“Covid-19 pandemic has revealed our weaknesses in healthcare delivery. We need to strengthen our primary care, public health care infrastructure significantly and increase spending and man power in these areas to meet not only any future pandemics, the second and third wave of this pandemic but also deal with the scourge of non-communicable diseases," said H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals.


According to the Global Health Security Index 2019, most countries are unprepared for outbreaks of major infectious diseases, with Asian countries facing significant risks.

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  • Publication date 11 Nov 2020

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