|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 357
Till we win: India's fight agnainst the COVID-19 pandemic
Department of Community Medicine GMERS, Medical College, Sola, Ahmedbad, Gujarat, India
|Date of Submission||23-Mar-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||24-Apr-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||29-May-2021|
Dr. Rashmi Sharma
Department of Community Medicine GMERS, Medical College, Sola, Ahmedbad, Gujarat
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Sharma R. Till we win: India's fight agnainst the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Community Med 2021;46:357
Publisher Name : Penguin Random House, India
Location : Delhi, India
Price : INR 299.00
Year of Publication : 1st Edition, December 2020
Pages : 308
ISBN : 9780143451808
Authors Names : Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya,
Dr. Gagandeep Kang,
Dr. Randeep Guleria,
A victory well documented is complete since the document is testimonial of the grit and determination of its warriors and provides a tool to understand the enemy with complete analysis of men, machine, and equipment beside the prevailing environment. An account of lessons learnt and unlearnt and facts generated serves as a road map to plan future strategies. Standing tall to the need of the day, this paperback edition is a sincere, step by step account of the epic march post onset of COVID-19. As per the COVID-19 strategy in the pandemic response, there are three steps Test, Trace, and Treat/Isolate.
True to the name, in “Till we win,” authors have focused on “victory over the enemy,” and have split the write-up in the three tenets of epidemiology viz. agent, host, and environment. True to the saying, “AAPDA MEI AVASAAR” (opportunity amid the crisis), the pandemic has opened avenues for a into to what ails our health infrastructure and system. The authors have succinctly spelled out the gaps and inadequacies which ail the health infrastructure/system and course correction to plug those gaps. This book targets understanding the stumbling blocks from the available resources and redefines some of the previous learnt lessons at individual, societal, and national levels.
The book is organized in 4 sections and 11 chapters. The first section. “Understanding the challenges with an overview of viruses and their long association with human being'', comprehensively dissects the invisible current coronavirus, its associated risk and unveils the ecosystem surrounding it. Beside relating the accounts of human response to the previous such aftermaths, it highlights the three-pronged strategy through three strategy by experts from various fields by way of unfailing detection, contact tracing, and finally efficient treatment. The plot unfolds from Section-2 comprising four chapters “Mounting a Response” beginning from the outbreak in Wuhan, global fallout and accounts of major countries. Authors have penned the minute accounts of containment success stories of Dharavi, Kerala vis-a-vis the available health system and resources. The third section is on Science, Solidarity, and Hope focusing on vaccines and therapies. The fourth section deals with getting ready for more effective response to the pandemic, policy suggestions, and strategies for strengthening the overall Indian health system. The book essentially touches the inherent strength of the nation, resilience of its people during the “hammer and dance period”. It further deals with the paradigm change in the lifestyle of the entire nation and take home lessons post 68 days of lockdown. The belief in the minds of people by way of accepting the hard times and imbibing the spelled down directive through transparent communication helped build the success story when the world and some simulations predicted deluge of cases in India, followed by unabated deaths and tattering of economy. Effective containment measures at appropriate time, and self-discipline by people proved the drawing room experts wrong. The authors have rightly attributed to the comparatively active immune system among Indians on account of recurrent infections beside a comparatively younger population. The living and lifesaving accounts from the affected individual, frontline warriors, and health experts help to dispel the myths shrouded with the infection.
This book makes a lucid reading for hobby readers, academicians and public health experts alike. The book ends with an expert reply to flurry of unanswered questions as many of the chapters in the book has a section titled frequently asked questions. It not only provides insights and better understanding of the subject but also the updated information which is often asked in entrance examinations. It can also serve as a guide while dealing with public health urgencies and issues. The book makes a sincere attempt to fulfill the tenets of Miller's pyramid. The only limitation of this book is exhaustive study of elements and subelements which may sometimes waver the focus of ordinary readers.