Surveillance Strategies for the COVID-19 Virus in India

Kamath, Sagarika R and Kamath, Rajesh and Sharma, Zinnia and Salins, Prajwal and Kamath, Madhusudhan and Pai, Divya Venkatesh and D'Souza, Reshma Maria Cocess and Byndoor, Rajesh (2020) Surveillance Strategies for the COVID-19 Virus in India. Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy, 11 (3). 818 -820. ISSN 0975-8453

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The Covid 19 situation in India holds forth tremendous challenges for the Indian public healthcare system. The current situation is unprecedented. The Covid 19’s high infectivity rate coupled with a high case fatality rate have created a situation where India could see between 2 and 25 lakh deaths over the next 12 to 18 months. The final number of fatalities will depend a great deal on several factors of which surveillance is a critical one. Surveillance will determine the extent to which the government is able to mount a data driven response.Surveillance will help in identifying hot spots and clusters. This in turn will help in mounting targeted responses. In the words of the WHO director general: “Test, test, test. A fire cannot be fought blindfolded.”India’s response has not been satisfactory. This paper discusses the need for a stronger surveillance system and a higher testing rate. If the avalanche of Covid 19 cases requiring hospitalisation comes, the current infrastructure and manpower will be grossly inadequate for it.If India is able to set up a robust and comprehensive surveillance system across urban-rural divides, that might well be a game changer in the covid 19 battle. Failure could mean lakhs more die

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19; Coronavirus; Surveillance
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Health Information Management
Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Medical Laboratory Tech
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Ayurveda
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Departments at MU > Public Health
Management > MIM Manipal
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 10:31
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 10:31

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