Why investing in public health infrastructure is vital to tackle outbreaks like COVID-19

Mar 15, 06:54 AM
On March 11, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. From 3 people testing positive in early February to 102 people now, the exponential growth has led to widespread measures being taken by various state governments as well as the central government such as the closure of educational institutions, public gatherings among other measures. As India gears up with containment measures, Suno India Editor Padma Priya reached out to Dr Anant Bhan, a researcher and expert in Bioethics, Global Health and Health Policy to talk about the Corona Virus response by the government and how health inequities and access to health matter in times of pandemic. We also speak about the importance of closer linkage between public and private medical facilities, need for efficient risk communication as well the role of a citizen in these times.