Lancet Journal has eight suggestions for India to contain Covid

Fri Jun 18 2021 18:10:02 GMT+0530 (IST)

Several experts have warned India about a possible third wave of Covid, which is likely to have more impact than the second wave.This is an alarming situation, considering the number of cases and fatalities reported during the peaks of the virus. More than 4 lakh cases were reported in the country.

Amid the concern, the Lancet medical journal in its recent journal reacted to the Covid crisis in India and advised eight actions that have to be taken to fight the pandemic.

The article was penned down by not less than 21 experts that has eight recommendations for the union government and the state governments as well on what should to be done to reduce the pandemic impact

Here are the eight recommendations of Lancet medical journal:

1) The essential health services organisation should be decentralised as the one approach will not work here given the fact that Covid infections and the health service facilities differ from region to region.The autonomous district level groups should be given the authority to receive the funds and resources in order to coordinate with the all sections of health system.

2) A national pricing policy should be brought to keep a limit to the prices of ambulances, oxygen, essential medicines, hospital care that come under essential health services. Hospital bills should not be costly and the prevailing insurance schemes should cover the hospital care cost.As per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, the local governments should recive the grants.

3) Crucial information on the Covid management, including the guidelines home care and treatment, primary care, and district hospital care should be disseminated in the local languages for a better reach in the public. The centre should provide special guidance on how the health promotion interventions like Yoga should be practiced.

4) The human resources in the health system, including the private sector must be marshalled for the protective equipment.

5) The state governments should pick the priority groups for vaccinations, for the better use of the vaccine jabs. As the supplies improve, the doses can also be improved. The vaccination should not be used to market mechanisms.

6) The community engagement and participation should be at the the heart of the Covid response of the country.To create and send accurate info the collaboration between the government and civil society organisations.

7) The collection of data and modeling that allows the districts to prepare for the caseload proactively should have transperancy. The health system personnel should be provided with the crucial data on the data of age and sex disaggregated infections and hospitalisations.

8) As how a few state governments are doing, those who lost their jobs should be transferred cash as a bid to see that their sufferings are reduced. The formal sectors recruiters should retain the workers on a contract basis and the companies and should be offered compensation once the economy revives.If neccesary, lockdowns should be announced prior.