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Identity of a Disease

The intersections of class, region and other social dimensions that go into the discovery and identification of some diseases as epidemics while relegating other pervasive and lethal illnesses as “ordinary” are examined. In this regard, the lopsided relationship between epistemology and epidemiology is explored in detail. It is argued that the combination of Covid-19 with other diseases (also referred to as co-morbidity), as well as undeclared silent epidemics of several other diseases, require recognition.

When People and Governments Come Together

The COVID -19 pandemic has been a test of the Indian state’s capacity to deal with the repercussions of a public health crisis. Kerala’s success, as it continues to draw strength from its political culture of participatory governance and its emphasis on social welfare, is elaborated. Some of the decentralised, scientific, and humane policy measures taken to contain the virus are also elucidated.

Public Health during Pandemics and Beyond

The rapid spread of COVID -19 in India brings into sharp focus home the important role of public health services. It is high time to strengthen public health services so that they can serve India’s population well beyond the pandemic. While active state intervention in ensuring universal and comprehensive healthcare is the need of the hour, the government should also invest in the broader determinants of health by improving access to food and income as a collective responsibility to secure the health of the populations

Economy’s Immunity against COVID-19

This is in response to the editorial “Economics, Prudence, and a Pandemic” ( EPW , 21 March 2020).

COVID-19 and the Public Health System in Bihar

Bihar’s public healthcare system is not equipped to deal with the challenge of COVID-19. The density of testing centres is the worst for Bihar in the country, with one testing centre for a population of 110 million. Besides, it lacks in both infrastructure and human resources in the health arena and, thus, is unprepared to deal with and properly respond to the health crisis.

India’s Public Health System on Trial?

A decentralised public health system that socialises the cost of healthcare is required.

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

The unprecedented crisis emerging due to the spread of COVID-19 demands immediate as well as long-term measures. To address this crisis, the government should promote social solidarity and unity as well as citizens’ networks working for the vulnerable. However, long-term measures are needed to reduce the possibility of the disastrous spread of more such diseases and to enhance the ability of communities to deal with such eventualities.

Impact of Covid-19 and What Needs to Be Done

Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak will require political will and decisive actions from the government in terms of ramping up the healthcare infrastructure, ensuring public distribution of essentials to fulfil basic needs, and income transfers to the poor, among others. The government should not constrain such expenditures in view of maintaining the permissible limit of fiscal deficit. A higher fiscal deficit may not be inflationary now, since demand is drastically down.

Regulating the Private Health Sector to Eliminate COVID-19

Both public and private medical services must follow the same pricing standards to treat COVID-19 patients.

How Prepared Is India to Control the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The SARS-CoV-2 infection, COVID-19, has reached many places in India, from Kerala to Kashmir. With local spread occurring from infection seeded by importations, a nationwide epidemic of unprecedented seriousness is imminent. The Prime Minister should assume leadership immediately and a full-time war-room, run by a task force with the best national experts, must be set up, and immediate, medium- and long-term strategies designed and implemented. We have lost one month already.

On the Brink of a Pandemic

Building systemic capability is the only effective way to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

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