Minister of State for Health Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar today discusses India’s challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic at the World Health Organization- South East Asia Regional Office (WHO-SEARO) through video-conference today.
She said, India adopted a proactive, pre-emptive, whole of Government, whole of society and people-centric approach to manage the pandemic.
She said, our preparedness and response strategies utilized the past experiences of managing public health emergencies and contemporary scientific knowledge about evolving nature of disease to decide requisite public health interventions.
She added that India’s strategy for fighting the pandemic is built on five pillars – Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate and adherence to Covid Appropriate Behavior.
With a decentralized but unified, whole of government approach, the governemnt focused on rapidly creating COVID dedicated infrastructure and upskilling our healthcare workforce.
The Health Minister said that Government of India regularly monitored the evolving nature of disease and it’s spread across the nation and in different parts of the world to aid field action, based on varied trajectory of pandemic across various geographical regions of the country.
She also pointed out that India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme demonstrates how detailed planning involving all stakeholders, use of technology and adaptive program implementation can achieve such a herculean task in an efficient manner.