Prepare for future: True tribute to corona warriors

Parliamentarians and healthcare leaders speaking at the ‘Gratitude Week – A Tribute to Health Guardians’ by Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council hailed the phenomenal leadership during the crisis and the dedication of corona warriors and doctors. At the same time, they argued the pandemic has shown how important it is to prepare for such events, and preparing for the next outbreak will be a fitting tribute to all those who have laid down their lives.

“Every lawmaker was asked to provide ration to about 30,000 people which was a difficult task due to the lockdown. We have managed to reach a few lakh people and it would not have been possible without the help of corona warriors. Wnike air max sale cheapest jordan 4 wholesale nfl jerseys adidas yeezy foam runner cheap jordan 1s custom baseball jersey kansas city chiefs wigs for sale amazon womens real hair wigs jordan for sale nike air max sale mens wigs stores best jordan 4 wigs stores custom jersey maker e have the confidence to serve the people due to these corona fighters who have put their heart and soul in the service. Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while mothers give birth, doctors ensure our rebirth. I agree – they are our first contact and we share a long emotional relationship throughout life. Both mothers and doctors serve us with care and compassion,” says Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament.

“This is once in a generation experience and at a time when we were more focussed on non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases have come back with a bang – it reminds how important preparedness is. We need to remember no man is an island – in population-based interventions, such as social distancing, cough etiquettes, masks and isolation will be important until there is a medicine or a vaccine but we can witness more outbreaks and we need to have a long-term plan to prepare for them,” says Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Prof. Ravi Kant, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh says, “When the pandemic started, 99% hospitals in India did not have a pressure negative environment to treat corona patients, there were not enough N95 masks either. Another challenge was to train the entire staff – both medical and non-medical – to adhere to COVID protocols, especially in smaller towns. We still have capacity constraints in RT-PCR testing – we at AIIMS here can test about 1,000 samples a day. Care for cancer, coronary and other such patients went down but they have started coming again.”

“However, I must say that we have seen a phenomenal leadership in this time of unprecedented crisis and we have seen equal commitment from healthcare workers. However, this is not the last pandemic – there will be an outbreak at 30% in 30 years and 100% in 100 years. The right tribute for healthcare workers will be to prepare for the next war. We need to increase our expenditure from 1% to 5% to ensure medical services reach every nook and corner,” he added.