One of the leading Interventional Cardiologists of our country, Dr. H.K. Bali, Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Paras Group of hospital breaks paths and sets benchmarks one after the other. He talks to Rubika Bedi about his journey, the challenges that the pandemic brought with it for the medical industry, and more.
What do you feel are the necessary changes required in our public healthcare infrastructure?
We need to set up many more hospitals, both large and medium-size in each and every district and sub-district of our country. Central and State Governments should encourage and give incentives to doctors to come forward and set up more hospitals. Steps must be taken to ensure an adequate supply of medicines that were scarce in the first two waves. These include antibiotics and antifungals in particular. It is very important for us to understand that whereas this is the first pandemic of the 21stcentury but it may not be the last one. Even this pandemic is not over yet and we need to be completely prepared to combat or minimize the ‘third wave’. I also believe augmentation of research and development in paraclinical sciences is the need of the hour. We need to rapidly develop new safe and effective vaccines at a short notice in case the new virus is detected are a new mutation of this virus is detected. Pandemics are International problems that affect millions of people across the globe. As long as infections continue to occur even in one country, the pandemic will continue to spread Countries, all over the world, should help each other and act as one in these tough times.
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