Experts stress establishing neuropathological links in Covid-19 via studies
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) recently organised another edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series of webinars. This session was themed as ‘Wellness of brain and the nervous system’. Supported by the hygiene brand Savlon, the programme had various veteran speakers.
Professor Dr. Rajinder K. Dhamija, Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College; Dr. (Col) P.K. Sethi, Emeritus Consultant and Advisor, Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital; Dr. Sumit Singh, Chief, Neurology, Artemis Hospitals; and Anil Rajput, Chairperson, ASSOCHAM - CSR Council were present in the webinar and Dr. Rajesh Kesari, Founder and Director, Total Care Control, moderated the event. The panellists explained the importance of a healthy brain and central nervous system to minimise the chances of neurological disorders. Dr. Dhamija commented, “As the pandemic rages, there is an urgent need to establish neuropathological links in Covid-19 via autopsies and pathology studies. Neurological manifestations in Covid-19 are undeniable and represent an amalgamation of a hyper functioning immunological system, procoagulant state and direct virus-induced apoptosis, a combination that may require a multi-pronged approach for therapeutic success.”
In his address, Rajput focussed on active physical activities like walking, jogging, cycling and resistance training along with promoting mental well-being through yoga, meditation and counselling that can make everybody better equipped to overcome health challenges.
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Healthcare should be accorded ‘National Priority’ status
The Indian economy has faced a huge turmoil during 2020 due to the pandemic which was a healthcare emergency. In the 2021 Union Budget, the healthcare sector shall be of utmost importance. Covid-19 has shown the major loopholes of the Indian healthcare system - both in public and private sectors.
Dr. Alok Roy, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals, thinks the key solution to address this gap in accessibility and affordability of healthcare is making home-grown technology-driven innovations. The needs to be addressed in the Budget this year are specific allocations of the budget for healthcare delivery, healthcare personnel, infrastructural developments, and a special focus on innovations in healthcare by supporting start-ups in this field.
Dr. Roy said, “Going forward, such changes are all set to go to the next level supported by AI, big data and analytics, electronic records and telemedicine. While we strive for seamless digitisation, we also have to work for protection against data breaches and safeguard all such data.”
To grapple with the Covid-19 crisis, hospitals have had to make substantial capital expenditure towards making structural changes. FICCI earlier recommended that some relief through weighted deduction on CAPEX u/s 35AD should be provided to all hospitals that have made any capital expenditure for prevention or treatment of Covid affected patients.
The Finance Ministry has devised an inspiring `111 lakh crore of National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for 2020-25, which includes `1.69 lakh crore for infrastructure development projects for healthcare. There is also a need to increase the proportion of the ‘Health Research’ allocation in the overall health expenditure to at least 6% of the funds allocated to the health ministry. Dr. Roy added that healthcare should be accorded a ‘National Priority’ status - as was done for the IT sector - to bring in requisite attention and investment.