CALL To Doctors To Work As Volunteers For COVID-19 Outbreak
The country is facing an unprecedented public health emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting several parts of the nation. The Central and state governments have made exceptional efforts to combat the crisis along with the involvement of all citizens.
In case the outbreak leads to a high number of infected individuals, our public health facilities will face tremendous load to take care of the large number of patients. This overwhelming burden may not be met by the available doctors in the public health system. The Central and state governments are augmenting and expediting increase in healthcare services in every part of the country. In addition, COVID-19 ‘train hospitals’ are being created in this regard.
The Government of India requests for volunteer doctors who are fit and willing to be available for providing their services in the public health facilities and the training hospitals in the near future. We appeal to such doctors to come forward at this hour of need. You could also be a retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or a private doctor.
Those who wish to contribute to this and be a part of this nobel mission to serve the country may register themselves by clicking the link.
As of 30 April 2020 (5:00 PM), according to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), a total of 33610 COVID-19 cases, (including 111 foreign nationals) have been reported in 32 states/union territories. These include 8372 who have been cured/discharged, 1 who has migrated and 1075 deaths. Hospital isolation of all confirmed cases, tracing and home quarantine of the contacts is ongoing.
On 14 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced the extension of the earlier 21-day nationwide lockdown till 3 May 2020.
WHO Country Office for India support
WHO Country Office for India has been working closely with MoHFW on preparedness and response measures for COVID-19, including surveillance and contact tracing, laboratory diagnosis, risk communications and community engagement, hospital preparedness, infection prevention and control, and implementation of containment plan.
In a video-conference held on 15 April 2020, MoHFW and WHO deliberated on further strengthening the partnership and additional measures that can be taken to step up the response to COVID-19 in the country. In his address, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare said, “WHO is an important partner in our fight against the COVID-19. I really value guidance and contributions made by the WHO in containing spread of COVID-19 across the country.”
“India is now in a decisive phase of the response. As in the case of polio, in combating COVID-19 too, surveillance is playing a central role. Accordingly, at the request of the government, WHO has further stepped up the support in strengthening ongoing surveillance and response at state, district and block levels; cluster containment activities; strengthening real-time data collection activities; and accelerated implementation of the national Integrated Health Information Platform. Our entire field presence, including the National Public Health Surveillance Project, has been fully re-purposed to support the government to overcome this challenge,” says Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India.