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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 223-224

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Urgent Need to Scale up Public Health Emergency Response in the South-East Asia Region


1 Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) − Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Professor Saurabh R Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu - 603108
India
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DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_69_20

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The ongoing Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global public health emergency. In the South-East Asia Region (SEAR), as on 6 July, 2020, 8 out of 11 nations have reported cases of this disease. There is a significant need to urgently scale-up the measures such as surveillance, case detection, isolation, infection prevention & control, contact tracing, treatment, risk communication, etc. In conclusion, in the global battle against COVID-19, the South-East Asian Region has to accelerate their preparedness activities and public health emergency response. We can reduce the consequences of the disease only with coordinated, concerted and sustained efforts and it is the time for each one of us to play our part in the effective containment of the disease.


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