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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2161-2166

Are we prepared? Lessons from Covid-19 and OMAG position paper on epidemic preparedness

1 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. R.P. Government Medical College, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Academy of Family Physicians of India, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Florida State University, Florida, USA
4 Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
5 Department of Dermatology, Father Muller Medical College, Manglore, Karnataka, India
6 National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, Vellore, India
7 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
8 Bakul Parekh Children's Hospital, Near Rajawadi Signal, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai, India
9 Department of Emergency Medicine, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala, India
10 Department of Emergency Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
11 India Unison Medicare and Research Centre, Alibhai Premji Marg, Grant Road-E, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
12 Bodhankar Childrens Hospital, Sharhari, Central Bazaar Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sunil Kumar Raina
Professor and Head, Community Medicine, Dr. RP Govt. Medical College, Tanda . 176 001, Himachal Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_384_20

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Covid-19 has once again brought into focus our limited preparedness to deal with epidemics. Most nations, across the globe, have responded with a resolve to come stronger out of this crisis and leaderships across the world have shown great commitment to protecting its people from Covid-19. Covid-19 has also taught us a few things for the future. One such learning has been that a strong shift in focus towards non-communicable diseases driving health infrastructure across the globe for the last few decades has come at neglect of communicable diseases. In that sense, therefore, the current pandemic has been a wake-up call. Organised Medicine Academic Guild (OMAG), an umbrella organization of professional associations gathered a group of health experts to develop a policy document on epidemic preparedness to limit the influence of epidemics like Covid-19.

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