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As we recover the devastating impact of the pandemic, the emphasis on covid-19 shouldn’t steer us away from other health threats. Focus should be on resilient health systems, emergency preparedness and improving health infrastructure. Elaborate.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

4. As we recover the devastating impact of the pandemic, the emphasis on covid-19 shouldn’t steer us away from other health threats. Focus should be on resilient health systems, emergency preparedness and improving health infrastructure. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

Over 17,000 cases of measles have been reported largely from Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Ethiopia in January and February of 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Key Demand of the question: 

To give an account on important features that a resilient health system must constitute.

Directive word:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by mentioning the devastating impact of the pandemic on the healthcare system on India and efforts to fight it.

Body:

First, begin by describing various lacunas in present healthcare system in India and the various efforts to fight covid-19.

Next, stress on the need to focus on other health threats as well – robust Primary Healthcare system and mention about need for an inclusive approach towards beneficiaries of the healthcare system, universal vaccination, increased public funding and the need for a greater healthcare workforce catering to the population demand of the nation.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning that there is a pressing need to focus on healthcare system in order to build back better and achieve SDG-3.