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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59

Pandemic management: A welcome initiative for COVID-19 crisis and beyond

Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission19-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance15-Feb-2021
Date of Web Publication22-Mar-2021

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Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_116_20

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We read with interest the special issue on COVID-19 pandemic serving interesting and wide-ranging topics and the editorial highlighting its disruptive impact on health-care sector along with various unmet needs and challenges.[1] The medical education also witnessed unprecedented change and the reverberations of it shall be palpable in near future as well even after “new normal” is part of life. The need for systemic health-care changes in areas like budget increments in health care, capacity building, infrastructure overhaul, and human resource management are perennial problems and should gain national priority and attention in the wake of current crisis. It should be interesting to see how better we utilize newer technologies and innovative strategies to bring the makeover our health-care system demands.

The Medical Council of India (MCI, now National Medical Council or NMC), the governing body of medical education in India, in a recent initiative has highlighted importance of acknowledgment and teaching in the area of pandemic management.[2] NMC has formulated changes in medical curriculum to accommodate modules on pandemic management spread across the entire medical syllabus. It is a welcome initiative which may not bring immediate results but may well pay rich dividends in the future. Sensitization of medical students to intricacies of pandemic management shall be instrumental in ensuring a future-ready workforce. I wish this initiative to be adopted by other systems of medicine like AYUSH and nursing council as well. Besides it, training program of ancillary services like hospital support staff may also be include relevant sections of pandemic management in future. The module is divided into several skill-based points related to Infection Control, Diagnostics, Disease Management, Epidemic Management, Research, Communication, Intensive Care, and lastly Palliative Care during pandemics. The module starts as foundation course in phase 1 and progresses till phase 3 across the entire curriculum as dedicated 80 h of teaching program. Competencies and learning points are well defined in the advance and are comprehensive. Each divided module parts are to be assessed separately with formative assessment, to be done immediately after the module completion, followed by a final summative assessment.

Interestingly, the abbreviation MCI also stands for “mass casualty incident” and the world is at the receiving end of one of the worst so far. It is recurrently advocated by scientific community that we need to acknowledge global vulnerability and lack of appropriate preparedness, resources, or training to counter mass casualty incidents (MCI) of this stature.[3] Adoption of uniform, evidence-based approach is going to be required in future pandemic management and it is an opportune moment that all stakeholders should begin to work on it with international collaboration.[4] The COVID-19 has taught us many things and the lessons on managing future pandemics should be one of the best productive takeaway from it.

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