Union Minister of State for Health Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar said, India adopted a proactive, pre-emptive, whole of Government and people-centric approach to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Bharati was speaking at the World Health Organization- South East Asia Regional Office (WHO-SEARO) Ministerial Roundtable through video-conference yesterday. At the event, she discussed India’s challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Minister said, country’s preparedness and response strategies were based on the past experiences of managing public health emergencies and contemporary scientific knowledge about evolving nature of disease for decision-making on requisite public health interventions. Dr. Bharati 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 government focused on rapidly creating COVID dedicated infrastructure and upskilling our healthcare workforce. The Minister said, Government of India regularly monitored the evolving nature of disease and it’s spread across the country 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.