Is the Lockdown Strategy Abled Enough to Curb the Spread?

WHO Chief Scientist warns people of the terrible consequences brought by the second wave.

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Is the Lockdown Strategy Abled Enough to Curb the Spread? THE POLICY TIMES

Castigating against a complete lockdown, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan chief scientist of WHO said, ” the consequences are terrible”.  She has appealed to the public to follow the norms to deter the second wave of the outbreak. She also warned them about the mutations speculated in the virus in the future.

Advice on the vaccination by WHO

A gap of 8-12 weeks between the two doses of the Covisheild vaccine, is advised by Dr. Swaminathan. She said,” Vaccination is not recommended yet for children but yes, the gap between two doses can be stretched to eight to 12 weeks.”

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Pune doctor’s hopeful of more beds for treating Covid patients

A group of 30 health officials and clinicians are scheduled to visit 30 districts in Maharashtra. The team will assist health authorities in strengthening hospital infrastructure, assessing testing, and contact tracing measures. Dr. Dhananjay Kelkar, medical director of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said,” Needless to say, the government has to take some steps to restrict Covid-19 spread as the pressure is on private hospitals, this time, more than 25 small hospitals have come forward and we can expect more beds opening up in Pune for treating Covid-19 patients.” Currently, there are 4,000 beds in Pune city and all hospitals have been increasing the bed strength daily,”

TPT Advocacy and Recommendations

  • The concept of lockdown has proved its efficiency during the first wave of the novel virus. A tremendous transition in the situation was observed where the graph dipped significantly. However, just imposing the lockdown isn’t the sleekest way out. The government should implement the ‘control theory of lockdowns’ a mathematical framework based on the theory of epidemiology for the assessment of the effect of lockdowns. The health ministry should analyze the graph and reciprocate the strategy accordingly. Secondly, India being a developing country needs to focus on uplifting its health infrastructure ahead of implementing the ban. It needs to understand the setbacks and upgrade them.
  • Despite running the fastest vaccination drive in the world, the country faces a looming situation amid the second wave. A data-driven strategy should be followed to identify and estimate critical populations so that the vaccination program benefits.  Alongside the complications of administering the vaccine, meeting double dose requirements, and convincing populations of the vaccine safety are the paramount perspective the government should resolve.
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Is the Lockdown Strategy Abled Enough to Curb the Spread?
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WHO Chief Scientist warns people of the terrible consequences brought by the second wave.
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