The COVID 19 pandemic situation in India, what are the learnings?

The current pandemic has already signalled a warning bell – that despite our scientific claims, research, and achievements, we are deeply unprepared to handle an influenza pandemic. Hence, the first impact would be on the healthcare sector. The major learning is the current need to critically look at our healthcare ecosystem, especially the critical care segment. In the future when a pandemic strikes, there should be an action plan that can be implemented in the shortest time frame – one that can inflate our healthcare infrastructure by removing blockages and creating more critical care units and isolation centres without affecting non-pandemic critical care patients. The bottom line is that India and other nations should have a robust action plan when a pandemic strikes – an innovative plan, noted from previous experiences and, most importantly, practical.

Dealing with pandemic doesn’t mean we only focus on it; on the contrary, we should pay equal attention to the allied problems and challenges which may elevate the pandemic situation in the country.  Such as Malnourishment & Immunity issues among children, Senior Citizen Medical Care, Pollution, and poor quality of food, which indirectly impact the overall health of an individual, which are then an easy target for such viruses.

  • The gap between healthcare and why India needs to invest in healthcare?

Looking at the current scenario globally and domestically, India will need more investments in the following areas such as healthcare technology, experienced and skilled doctors, nurses and para-medical staff that form the backbone of any good healthcare system of a country.  Sufficient ICU beds, the use of advanced technology in surgical operations, ventilators, and the need for AI in healthcare, etc. is required for better healthcare infrastructure. We need to have an equal distribution of healthcare facilities across so that the basic first aid treatment is available to everyone in need, irrespective of his economical strata.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is the need of the hour where a Government can share a PPP tender with a private hospital on a revenue-sharing basis. Around the world, countries such as Australia and the UK have their approach to PPPs, where they focus on the “development of facilities and management”.  

  • The future of healthcare in India from your global perspective and experience?

According to a recent report, India is a frontrunner in the adoption of digital health technology with 76% of healthcare experts in the country has adapted using digital health records (DHRs) in their practices. This certainly highlights that India’s healthcare industry is moving towards the digitization of operations in a bid to improve the experience of the patients. Artificial Intelligence automates business functions, captures an unprecedented quantity of data, and enables the benefits of analytics to be more effortlessly accessed. This leads to more accurate medical analysis and reduces the odds of human error. There will also be an increase in Robotic assistance and collaboration with the healthcare staff to screen patients. Robots powered by AI are already being used in surgical operations.  Having said that, I still strongly feel the need for human intervention will always prevail and this would mean we will still require skilled and experienced surgeons and doctors.

Having said that the need of having world-class doctors and surgeons and other healthcare technicians will always ensure global quality service.  We need to build world-class medical institutes with all the latest facilities and faculties to fill the gap of having a good amount of experts in the field.

  • Healthcare management in India and the need for the hour 

Given the current pandemic the world is facing, it is important for leaders, influencers, government bodies, political leaders, medical associations to lay down strict policies for the management of healthcare in one’s country. Countries need to now ponder and allocate budgets in investing in healthcare and the infrastructure. COVID-19 has paved the way to refocus the priorities of every country. The management of sufficient kits, staff, healthcare equipment, ambulances, and requirement of doctors, paramedics need to be re-looked into.  The pandemic has served as a mirror to healthcare eco-systems across the globe.  Indian scenario is especially in the pot because of our lacking overall healthcare system.  There are some urgent and pressing issues that India needs to tackle e-.g child malnourishment, poverty, and unemployment.  All these combined have a direct or indirect impact on the overall quality of life of any citizen.  Providing subsidiaries, tax benefits, or ease out the process will certainly help to create holistically and advance healthcare properties, which can serve people from all strata of income.

  • The importance of advancement and scientific research in building a strong healthcare sector in India?

Health care is one of the significant factors that are taken into consideration while assessing the development of a country. Medical research in India is initiated by various public and private organizations thoroughly working to increase the standard of health care in the country. The growth of life expectancy of every citizen in the country is highly dependent on the development of advanced medical research producing faster, cheaper, and effective methods of treatments to provide the patients with. With progressions in the field of biotechnology and bio-engineering, there are chances of developing new drugs and new diagnostic methods and tools that can help in making the process of medical development faster in India. However, there are many challenges the medical research society of India faces today such as the lack of government support and the inadequacy of funds and equipment. 

  • How Suasth Hospital did come into existence, tell us in brief?

Suasth hospital is founded with a vision to provide holistic healthcare to the people.  Our aim is to provide inclusive medicine through prevention and education on the diseases and lifestyle patterns; through the integration of mind, body and soul. To practically incorporate our vision and philosophy in our daily functions, we have a unique Healing Garden where you can experience the healing of your mind, body, and soul in the company of nature and a dedicated meditation center. The property is designed keeping in mind the journey of a patient, and how we can make it easy and smooth once they are undergoing the treatment.

Our vision is to make healthcare accessible to all and serve our patients with hassle-free experiences. We have collaborated with well-known health care specialties such as Rela Institute of Liver Transplant, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Kimaya Kidney Care, and Christie Cancer Center in Manchester to ensure we offer the best treatment in the country. 

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