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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 215-216

Health system preparedness for a potential third wave of COVID-19: An Indian perspective


1 Professor & Head, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Prateek S Bobhate
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.jss_108_21

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The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the health system across India leading to not only the loss of innumerable human lives but also exposed the various shortcomings of healthcare infrastructure. This emphasizes the need for a better preparedness of the health system across the nation to tackle the potential third wave of COVID-19 pandemic more importantly now as the cases and test positivity rate has started to show a downward trend all over India. The key areas which need to be targeted are augmenting the vaccine production and streamlining delivery mechanism, strengthening the existing pediatric emergency units and sick newborn units, expanding the oxygen production capacity in the country, ensuring the availability of drugs, strengthening of health infrastructure, logistic support and surveillance systems, expanding the free testing and diagnostic facilities, improved access to healthcare facilities, and reinforcement of COVID appropriate behavior in the community.


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