Lancet Panel’s 8 Recommendations To Centre, States For COVID Management | News

May 26, 2021 0 Comments



Panel recommended transparent pricing policy, cash transfer by state to workers in informal sector

Highlights
  • Establish systems to procure, distribute vaccines free of cost: Panel
  • Minimise the suffering, risk to health caused by loss of livelihood: Panel
  • Lancet Panel recommended transparency in government data collection

New Delhi: A Lancet panel of experts on India today proposed central systems for the procurement and distribution of free COVID vaccines, part of an eight-point charter of recommendations to “curtail the loss of life and suffering” caused by the coronavirus resurgence in the country. The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System, which comprises 21 experts, including virologist Gagandeep Kang and Narayana Hrudalaya chairperson Devi Shetty, was launched in December last year. In an article published in the British medical journal, the commission put forward eight urgent recommendations for the Centre and state governments. These include a transparent pricing policy and cash transfers by the state to workers in the informal sector.

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Among the key points is the establishment of central systems to procure and distribute COVID-19 vaccines free of cost, a departure from the current policy of decentralised procurement through state governments.

“Such an approach would optimise prices and minimise cross-state inequities that may result from differential fiscal and capacity contexts,” the 21 authors wrote in the article.

These recommendations are focused on the immediate steps central and state governments must take to help curtail the loss of life and suffering caused by COVID-19 amid the recent surge in cases, the Commission said.

The Commission also recommended that district-level working groups should have the autonomy to respond to rapidly changing local situations and must be empowered to receive funds and resources to coordinate efforts across all sectors of the health system, from front-line workers to tertiary care.

Other recommendations include a transparent national pricing policy and caps on the prices of all essential health services, wide dissemination of evidence-based information on the management of COVID-19, and marshalling all available human resources across sectors of the health system, including the private sector, for effective response to the disease.

Besides, the panel proposed active collaboration between government and civil society organisations to create and disseminate accurate information, enabling home-based care, emphasising prevention, helping navigate access to life-saving treatment, and promoting vaccination.

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Another recommendation is transparency in government data collection and modelling to enable districts to proactively prepare for likely caseloads in the coming weeks.

Finally, the commission recommended minimising the “profound suffering and risk to health caused by loss of livelihoods by making provisions for cash transfers by the state to workers in India’s vast informal economy who have lost their jobs”.

“There is still time to stem the haemorrhage of life and the suffering caused by COVID-19 in India,” the authors wrote.

We call on the central and state governments to act with urgency and in solidarity with each other and across sectors to address one of the greatest humanitarian crises facing the country since its independence, they added.

The commission was launched to map the pathway to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in India in the coming decade through a participatory, solutions-driven approach.

Besides Gagandeep Kang, who is professor at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, and Devi Shetty, the panel also includes Vikram Patel, professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, executive chairperson and founder of Biocon Limited and Yamini Aiyar, chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

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World

16,78,42,904Cases

5,95,34,540Active

10,48,22,717Recovered

34,85,647Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 16,78,42,904 and 34,85,647 have died; 5,95,34,540 are active cases and 10,48,22,717 have recovered as on May 26, 2021 at 4:12 am.

India

2,71,57,795 2,08,921Cases

24,95,59191,191Active

2,43,50,816 2,95,955Recovered

3,11,388 4,157Deaths

In India, there are 2,71,57,795 confirmed cases including 3,11,388 deaths. The number of active cases is 24,95,591 and 2,43,50,816 have recovered as on May 26, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

56,26,155 24,136

3,17,038 13,177

52,18,768 36,176

90,349 1,137

Karnataka

24,72,973 22,758

4,24,402 16,054

20,22,172 38,224

26,399 588

Kerala

23,95,590 29,803

2,55,788 3,771

21,32,071 33,397

7,731 177

Tamil Nadu

19,11,496 34,285

3,06,652 5,072

15,83,504 28,745

21,340 468

Uttar Pradesh

16,77,508 3,723

69,828 6,875

15,88,161 10,441

19,519 157

Andhra Pradesh

16,09,105 15,284

1,98,023 5,739

14,00,754 20,917

10,328 106

Delhi

14,19,986 1,568

21,739 2,839

13,74,682 4,251

23,565 156

West Bengal

13,01,978 17,005

1,26,376 2,209

11,60,928 19,057

14,674 157

Chhattisgarh

9,56,715 3,506

56,474 4,464

8,87,518 7,893

12,723 77

Rajasthan

9,23,860 3,404

87,391 12,484

8,28,558 15,783

7,911 105

Gujarat

7,94,912 3,255

62,506 6,465

7,22,741 9,676

9,665 44

Madhya Pradesh

7,69,696 2,422

48,634 5,019

7,13,376 7,373

7,686 68

Haryana

7,44,602 2,817

34,088 4,031

7,02,779 6,720

7,735 128

Odisha

7,14,380 10,939

98,838 863

6,12,993 11,769

2,549 33

Bihar

6,95,726 3,306

35,130 2,813

6,55,850 6,015

4,746 104

Telangana

5,60,141 3,821

38,706 500

5,18,266 4,298

3,169 23

Punjab

5,48,231 4,756

53,127 1,869

4,81,462 6,451

13,642 174

Assam

3,81,171 5,767

54,888 892

3,23,368 4,783

2,915 92

Jharkhand

3,33,058 1,247

15,641 1,928

3,12,526 3,155

4,891 20

Uttarakhand

3,18,346 2,756

45,568 4,011

2,66,758 6,674

6,020 93

Jammu And Kashmir

2,75,822 2,964

44,918 712

2,27,242 3,623

3,662 53

Himachal Pradesh

1,82,982 1,999

23,053 1,128

1,57,042 3,067

2,887 60

Goa

1,49,410 1,549

15,706 572

1,31,244 2,082

2,460 39

Puducherry

98,219 1,237

15,475 360

81,336 1,571

1,408 26

Chandigarh

58,992 258

4,063 365

54,215 618

714 5

Tripura

47,965 667

8,001 301

39,491 965

473 3

Manipur

45,451 824

6,785 341

37,946 468

720 15

Meghalaya

31,449 957

7,971 183

22,976 755

502 19

Arunachal Pradesh

25,002 429

3,323 196

21,575 231

104 2

Nagaland

20,535 276

4,806 92

15,414 166

315 18

Ladakh

17,810 278

1,561 98

16,070 179

179 1

Sikkim

13,511 278

3,370 186

9,904 87

237 5

Mizoram

10,937 315

2,743 174

8,160 141

34

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,092 43

431 8

9,657 51

4

Lakshadweep

7,111 264

2,320 158

4,765 104

26 2

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

6,878 25

228 26

6,544 49

106 2





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