Treatment for other diseases such as HIV and TB has also declined during the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, the WHO released a report on the decline in HIV testing and TB referrals.
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Anthony S. Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that COVID-19 For more than a century, emerging infectious diseases have come as the starkest warning about our vulnerability to outbreaks. Others during the COVID-19 pandemic infectious disease Amid concerns about a shift away from healthcare, experts have called for improving healthcare capacity to respond to emerging threats.
Infectious disease specialist, Dr. Ishwar Gilada earlier shared with News9 that COVID-19 is an additional problem among the already existing diseases. He said, “Covid-19 was not the only problem but an additional problem. But for more than 2 years, our health services have been blindly only looking for the virus.”
This twofold difficulty was recognized at the very beginning of the epidemic. He said, action should have been taken against this long ago. He said, “Reformation of health system for other diseases is also the need of the hour. Only planned testing for COVID-19 should be done. Doctors should only test people with symptoms.
MMR vaccination is declining worldwide
The latest study, published at BMJ Open by Queen Mary University of London, found that only 75 percent of children received their first dose of MMR vaccine on time, compared to the 95 percent needed to prevent outbreaks of highly contagious diseases such as measles. ..
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that 95 percent of children receive both doses of their MMR vaccine to prevent measles outbreaks. India has so far reported more than 10,000 laboratory-confirmed measles cases and 40 children have died from the disease. Maharashtra reported 3,075 cases and 13 deaths, followed by Jharkhand with 2,683 cases and 8 deaths.
Dr Hemlata Arora, General Practitioner and Infectious Disease Specialist at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, says that vaccination is very important to prevent infection.
He explains, “The first step is to ensure children are vaccinated and measles vaccination is recommended as part of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination series. The first MMR vaccine is given at about 9 months, the second at about 16 months. Adolescents and adults should also be aware of their MMR vaccination.”
However, according to Dr. Arora, “The disease can spread from person to person, but it is not a serious condition, it is less serious than chicken pox. Measles is a red rash that first appears on the face, but does not have the same spots as chicken pox.
“In very young children, especially those under 5, it can go to the brain, but this is an extremely rare condition with an incidence of 1 in 100, and that is why young children are most susceptible to the disease. He added, “Many times people as young as 25 or 30 years old also have some strange reactions like meningitis or neurological problems. This usually happens in people who have not been vaccinated against measles, so vaccination is very important.
HIV, TB prevention progress has slowed worldwide
Not only infectious diseases, but other diseases such as HIV and TB have also been hit during the epidemic. Recently, WHO released a report on HIV testing and reduction in TB referrals. In this regard, Dr. Gilada said, the World Organization has done ‘too little and too late’ in this regard.
According to a WHO study, HIV testing decreased by 41 percent, while TB referrals decreased by 59 percent.
Now, while we’ve established that like the flu, COVID-19 will be with us for some time, it’s important to act extra quickly to make up for lost time. Dr. Gilada says, “The time we lost is gone, but better late than never. What we need now is greater awareness campaigns, increased vigilance and proactive steps to improve the situation. Now a system needs to be embedded where more patients can be screened and all of them can be treated on time.”
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