In such a situation there is a much greater need for caution and transparency to protect the public and national interest. A review of some recent tragic episodes of public health in several countries including India can give an idea of the kind of forces that are at work and why they need for caution has increased.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented disruption and a fearsome situation for the global health and development community. Health organizations are untiringly fighting with this infectious disease and delivering social services. Developing countries and rural areas are facing more challenges to handle this pandemic situation because of the limited funds and even some aspects are not clear at all. Health workers are always with us to protect livelihoods, which has become the very center of the world’s attention. But they find their work complicated by challenges of access, safety, supply chain logistics, and financial stress like never before.
The short-term implications of this global challenge are evident everywhere, but the long-term consequences of the pandemic -how it will reshape health and development institutions, occupations, and priorities are still difficult to imagine. In such a difficult situation unintended mistakes can lead to present-day harm and future regrets, and scarce resources can be misallocated.
In this time health organizations should never think of their profit. Some private health organizations still fulfilling their private interests from the patient even in this pandemic situation and it breaks the relationships and bonds with people, which is very necessary to maintain in such time. They need more transparency to protect livelihood and national interest to gain a better understanding of the big-picture implications.
It is clear that every country has a lack of equipment and supplies to test and protect against COVID-19. They need to produce pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment domestically. Even countries and the rural areas that traditionally had no capability will seek to develop the same. This is true that the economic costs to control the pandemic can be huge.
Like many other crises, the current health crisis will leave a huge trace on how we interact with our environment and with each other. But observing the initial reactions in different quarters, it seems that the COVID-19 brings substantial change to the conception and management of development cooperation policies, even in the health sector.