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Journal of Health Management ; 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2079278

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World is suffering from a pandemic situation due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since December 2019. In this emergency, everyone at individual/country/global level is trying to contribute at their best with their available knowledge and resources. However, more and more research and developmental activities are going on but, the reality is far away for a grass-root level health professional. They rely on the indirect sources, that is, published or unpublished literature, social media, internet etc. Many a time, these sources may share an unrealistic or false positive/negative information. Our study was intended to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices related to COVID-19 among the healthcare professionals of different levels. We conducted an online survey after the initiation of the first lockdown in India. Our research team in consultation with the subject experts designed a mix method-based study tool and shared it by sending emails to 1,200 participants. A total of 180 respondents participated in the online survey of which 34% were government health professionals and 24% were working with a research/academic institution. All participants were between 23 and 74 years age group (mean 39 years). Participants shared their views on first, knowledge about symptoms, preventive measures and treatment options for COVID-19. Second, on attitude towards handling COVID-19 pandemic using social distancing, following lockdown and travel advisory, etc. Third, on the practice of non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent COVID-19. We found that the social media platform acted as one of the most important platforms for awareness generation regarding COVID-19 but it was also generating stigma among people. Till the time of the survey, there is still a dearth of knowledge about social distancing and what it means, especially physical distance of 1–3 metres and correct usage of mask in different situations. Various important issues pertaining to infant feeding practices, mother and childcare and disposal of dead bodies of COVID infected persons require deliberations and awareness. © 2022 SAGE Publications.

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Journal of Health Management ; : 09720634221114503, 2022.
Article in English | Sage | ID: covidwho-1956990
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5th International Conference on Information Systems and Computer Networks, ISCON 2021 ; 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1759111

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Today's generation wants everything easier, faster and automatic. During this corona pandemic, health and safety of each and every individual, either who is traveling through flights or working at an airport is a big issue. Usually, when we go to an airport, we go through many checks, and before boarding the flight, the security check-in, our luggage bags are counted and tagged by the person working at the counter of the airport. The luggage bags are put on the conveyor belt and the person working at the counter has to count the luggage bags by himself, he has to stick the tags on the luggage bags. None of the airports provides the facility of automatic counting of the luggage bags and sticking tags on them. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, we should avoid touching maximum things. This research paper provides a new technique for the same and that in a smart way. In this research, we are providing a novel approach to create an automatic system which will help to make the airport a smart one with IOT sensors and devices. Smart Airport also provides the counting of the luggage bags, tagging of the luggage bags, checking the presence of metallic objects in the luggage bags in a single embedded system. This approach will help the human society in maintaining social distancing and help them to save their time. © 2021 IEEE.

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Journal of Health Management ; 23(4):I-II, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1582661
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Journal of Health Management ; 23(3):365-367, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1463154
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Journal of Health Management ; 22(4):513-515, 2020.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1175255
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Journal of Health Management ; 22(2):157-168, 2020.
Article | WHO COVID | ID: covidwho-733081

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The current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a pandemic. All COVID-19-affected countries in the world are implementing containment interventions and trying their best to fight against the disease to halt the further spread of the infection and to reduce mortality. The public health workforce and healthcare staff in clinical settings are playing a crucial role in the early detection of cases, contact tracing and treatment of patients. The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and their consistent, proper use by healthcare providers and public health professionals is a crucial factor in combating any infectious disease in a crisis. The requirement of PPE has exponentially increased, as more and more countries are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid spread of the pandemic has created a temporary shortage of PPE in many countries, including India. The lack of PPE has affected the morale of healthcare workers (HCWs) and other frontline warriors in fighting the coronavirus disease, as more than 22,000 health workers in 56 countries have suffered from COVID-19. Some of them have succumbed to it across all countries, including India (WHO). We have reviewed the available literature to understand the challenges in ensuring adequate availability and consistent use of PPE and the strategies for the rational use of PPE in India. Our study reveals that India has responded swiftly to enhance the accessibility of PPE and put in place strategies for the judicious use of PPE to reduce the incidence of the COVID-19 infection to a bare minimum in healthcare settings. In the present article, we report the current status of COVID-19 among HCWs. We have reviewed the challenges and the surge strategies adopted by India to produce or procure good-quality PPE and supply it to all service delivery points in adequate quantities.

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