The second wave of the pandemic has been lethal. The speed, intensity and virality of the virus has surprised us all. It has been a testing time for the country as a whole and coordinated effort on multiple fronts is required to bring the surge under control. The second wave has created the need to revisit resource planning, as well as take charge of COVID preparedness and COVID management strategies.
There is a need to reenergize our efforts to spread the ‘good word’ on vaccines to every nook and corner of the country. This too would help in bringing about health equity in the country. With the vaccination drive underway, a certain amount of over-confidence and negligent behavior is in evidence.
India needs to make preparations for the third wave by bolstering health infrastructure for children, who are yet to vaccinated. India needs to prepare paediatric healthcare infrastructure, including special ICUs and emergency rooms for children, before the arrival of the third wave. The next wave will hit those who were not hit in the first and second waves. Now, the country needs to speed up the processes for bringing vaccines for kids and teens.
Keeping in view of the importance on the subject, FICCI Telangana State Council in association with ASCI & FTCCI is organising a Webinar on "Covid-19: Vaccination & The Next Wave" on August 6, 2021 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
The webinar will provide insights on the ongoing second wave of the pandemic, learnings from the first and second wave, projections for the next wave, progress of the vaccination drive, planning for the next wave in advance and how to manage the bottlenecks the nation/state is facing.
K N Chandra Sekhar Rao