Focus on the health system to tackle covid3 min read . Updated: 18 May 2020, 07:31 PM IST
- Given the large number of asymptomatic patients who could unknowingly spread the virus, it is vital that we increase testing and not rely solely on lockdowns.
- A preventive healthcare governance model needs to be pursued so that the testing, tracing and treatment of patients is ramped up.
In this rapidly changing situation of the covid-19 pandemic, we are experiencing the unforeseen. If even the most severe lockdown doesn’t help, how do we prepare for the long haul? Given the hotspots of infection spread we are currently facing, not being aggressive with testing while performing routine services in hospitals can have catastrophic consequences. The hospitals providing routine services during the pandemic are becoming culture media for the growth and spread of the virus. Our non-covid healthcare workers are getting infected by the minute and unknowingly carrying the virus into society. With the number of asymptomatic carriers on the rise, the only bailout in the fight against coronavirus is to test like never before. Never have laboratories engaged in testing of such magnitude as now. Policy discourse like “Make in India" must give attention to the manufacturing of good quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at affordable costs, so that there isn’t doubt in their minds when healthcare workers use these equipment.