NEW DELHI: COVID-19 will become like the common cold in due course, but it will take some time as “there is still a lot about the coronavirus that we don’t understand”, Sir Malcolm Grant, National Health Service of England said the founding president. .
to address India Today Conclave 2021He said that India has got an opportunity to bring a significant change in what is already being done in the healthcare sector.
Grant said, “In India, the complexities are enormous as social conditions vary from state to state. Investment in healthcare does not always come from the government. The private sector should be the driver of change and improvement in the health care system in India. could.” He is also the chancellor of the University of York, said.
He added that COVID-19 will become like the common cold in times to come, but it will take a long time as “there is still a lot about the coronavirus that we don’t understand”.
“It’s still a terrible epidemic. In the United States, there are 53,000 deaths every week. In Europe, the incidence of cases is high, despite the reduction in hospitalizations and mortality.”
“A major challenge will be the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere where transmission may be higher because people are indoors,” Grant said.
Grant, describing himself as a “huge fan” of the Adar Poonawalla-led Serum Institute of India, said India should invest more in the healthcare system.
Pune-based Serum Institute is manufacturing the KoviShield vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
Regarding future health policy, Grant said early detection of diseases in a population using technology will be critical.
“A new workforce must be trained and digitally educated. Their training must take place within communities and in remote areas, not just in hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that physical examination of patients in every case Health care can be done without doing it,” he said.