This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
Global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inherent weaknesses in our preparedness and response. The lessons learned and costly mistakes must make us wiser enough not to repeat these and take pre-emptive steps. The next pandemic is imminent. An estimated 1.7 million viral species are circulating among wildlife and 50 per cent of these have the potential to cause human infections. Public health has to be pushed higher on a national development agenda. It is well established that investments in health sectors provide substantially better returns, all of which may not be calculable in economic returns. In a country like India where health is a State subject, the NPPP needs to be replicated as State Pandemic Preparedness Plan (SPPP) as well. Alignment, coordination and collaboration between NPPP and SPPPs should be ensured for efficiency, cost-effectiveness and seamless operations including capacity building in accordance with the International Health Regulation (IHR) (2005).
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