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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-12

Epidemic preparedness for COVID-19: A major challenge!

1 Department of Paediatrics, ABVGMC, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 PhD scholar, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
3 State Consultant, SRC, NMCH, Patna, Bihar, India

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Veena Melwani
E-7 292 B 11 Number Stop, Arera Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_11_20

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Epidemic outbreaks and biological disasters pose serious challenges to the country due to enormous population and weak public health system; to combat the same, we need epidemic preparedness. The steps of epidemic preparedness embrace and incorporate to anticipate, prevent, prepare, detect, and respond. The four stages of the present epidemic COVID-19 have been described. The requirement of proper coordination among the epidemiologist, clinician, laboratory personnel, and health educator is sum and substance of it. Levels for epidemic preparedness inculcate preparation at four levels including central, state, local, and health facility. The impact of epidemic has adverse health, social, as well as economic implications.

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