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A year on from the pandemic, lot of lessons learned but India needs to revisit its disease control strategy to ensure a more robust and humane response in similar crises. Analyze.

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3. A year on from the pandemic, lot of lessons learned but India needs to revisit its disease control strategy to ensure a more robust and humane response in similar crises. Analyze. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

January 30, 2021 marked one year since India detected its first case of COVID-19 — a student in Kerala who had returned from Wuhan, China.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the need to have a robust disease control strategy for the future.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Give context about the beginning of the pandemic and its exponential increase afterwards.

Body:

In brief mention the devastating impacts of Covid-19 pandemic.

Mention about India’s response, it was a mixed bag of successes and failures along with a host of unknowns looming ahead. Draw a comparison with other countries in handling the pandemic. The lockdown and its analysis. Health care burden, the migrant issues, infodemic, role of civil societies and widening inequalities.

Suggest measures to have better preparedness for emergency purposes in the future.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.