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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-131

Improving the COVID-19 outbreak readiness in areas with humanitarian emergencies and low-resource settings


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Shrivastava, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_43_20

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The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed the lives of everyone and compelled public health authorities to take immediate steps to minimize the spread of the transmission. In general, the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak is significantly higher amongst people either suffering from humanitarian crises or residing in low-resource settings. From the public health perspective, it is essential to maintain a balance between the implemented public health and social measures required for the containment of the pandemic and the impact which these interventions will have on income, access to basic services and food supply, especially for these vulnerable sections of societies. The need of the hour is to mobilize all the concerned sectors and local community to enable whole of society approach for the readiness and response against the disease. In conclusion, the impact of COVID-19 outbreak in humanitarian emergencies and in low-resource settings can turn out to be very severe. There is an immense need to strengthen the public health and social measures and supplement it with prevention and control measures in accordance with the local settings to not only reduce the caseload, but also maintain the livelihood of the vulnerable people.


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