Indian Journal of Community Health 2022-06-30T05:55:38+00:00 Chief Editor Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal provides an avenue to medical scientists for publication of original research work so as to facilitate use of research for public health action. The scope of the Journal is broad. Original research articles are invited on public health, primary health care, epidemiology, health administration, health systems, health economics, health promotion, public health nutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, occupational and environmental health, social and preventive medicine which have potential to promote evidence-based public health action. The Journal also include editorial, commentaries, perspectives, state of the art reviews, research briefs, policy and practice, reports from the field, public health classics, letters to the editor and book reviews.</p> Combating COVID-19 with Proficiency and Precision 2022-06-27T07:18:10+00:00 Pallavi Singh Suneela Garg Pradeep Aggarwal <p>It has been two years since the first case of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) was detected in India in the state of Kerala in March 2020. The country has witnessed three major waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past 3 years, the second being the worse. Presently the recovery rate from COVID-19 in India has crossed 98%.</p> <p>The first wave in India started in March 2020, achieved a peak in September 2020 with more than 90,000 confirmed cases/day, and gradually decreased in intensity with 10,000 confirmed cases/day in February 2021. The second wave of COVID-19 in India with the Delta Variant of SARS-CoV-2 had severe consequences in the form of spiraling cases, reduced supplies of essential treatments, and increased deaths particularly in the young population. This wave of COVID-19, which began in February 2021, had hit India very hard with the daily cases reaching nearly triple the first peak value as on April 19, 2021, and the country just was slightly away from touching the 5 million daily case mark. The country faced the third wave caused by the new strain Omicron which started in the last week of Dec 2021 had a sharp rise and declined gradually by the end of February 2022. The doubling rate of the Omicron wave was 2 days approximately, but the severity of infection and related mortality was much lesser than the previous 2 waves.</p> <p>The principles of COVID-19 resilience planning in India mainly focuses on Health system strengthening, development of surge capacity and development of an intersectoral response plan. Different strategies such as co-ordination and intersectoral response plan, promoting COVID appropriate behaviour, COVID-19 vaccination, augmentation of oxygen supply and ventilatory support etc. have been used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The roadmap ahead is to have a look at the complementing opportunities of different organizations as each association is a strong pillar in itself. The need of the hour during Pandemic and times to come has been to sensitize the government &amp; National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog about creating taskforces and strengthening existing infrastructure.</p> 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Indian Journal of Community Health