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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-24

'Caremongering' movement in post-COVID world may benefit primary healthcare system


1 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Blood Bank, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission20-Dec-2020
Date of Decision13-Feb-2021
Date of Acceptance19-Jan-2021
Date of Web Publication31-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jphpc.jphpc_29_20

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Dharmshaktu GS, Pangtey T. 'Caremongering' movement in post-COVID world may benefit primary healthcare system. J Public Health Prim Care 2021;2:23-4

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Dharmshaktu GS, Pangtey T. 'Caremongering' movement in post-COVID world may benefit primary healthcare system. J Public Health Prim Care [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 21];2:23-4. Available from: http://www.jphpc.com/text.asp?2021/2/1/23/312698



Dear Editor,

A movement started in Canada, amid current coronavirus pandemic as an antithesis to “scaremongering” or “fearmongering” raising their heads in times of mayhem and social unrest. Caremongers networked and came together to support their respective locality or communities by helping people stuck at their homes in distress and economic uncertainty.[1] Suddenly, the world saw groups of caremongers rising to the occasion in many countries and the movement spreading with viral speed in a digitally connected world. The groups distribute food, supplies and essential items to those in need and vulnerable. A wave of support of such causes by public, beyond boundaries and ethnicity, is commendable. The good initiatives, however, should not be limited only to the current crisis.

Coronavirus pandemic has affected the healthcare systems across the globe in unprecedented manner and shall also have far-reaching consequences in the coming years.[2] The primary healthcare system in developing and low and middle-income countries has been a perennial social pariah and only in the times of pandemics its presence and shoddy status is palpable by policy-makers and people at large. The unmet needs of the rachitic primary health-care system only require another state or national health emergency to become a matter of discussion in media platforms followed by some knee-jerk quick fixes launched as a transient remedy. The reforms at ground level require disruptive efforts and is a herculean task requiring long-drawn, well researched, and executed plans to improve infrastructure, human resource, and other variables. Public support fuelled by social media platforms is one good aspect of technology the world is witnessing lately. Public support that is seen in these times, however, is very less robust and enthusiastic in normal times. In the normal days, even becoming a good Samaritan to an accident victim seems state responsibility in most, if not all, cases.[3] The same goes when it comes to caring for the destitute, minorities, and disabled. Many patients do not even get access to primary healthcare facilities for various reasons including unawareness and lack of access. As the citizen support is required in every good government initiative, it becomes the duty of every law-abiding citizen to be a beacon of hope for those less fortunate and at bottom of the pyramid. The helping people cannot treat the unfortunates but assistance in getting access to authentic knowledge, assistance in getting government benefits, and preventive measures can be shared by one and all. Caremongering is a great idea but its workings in normal times shall test the spirit of this movement. This social endeavor, however, has potential to strengthen primary care system as educated and concerned citizens can be roped into supplement facilities already starved of health-care workers and allied staff in many developing nations. The frequent epidemics further drain the health system and strain the human resources. The footsoldiers of the movement can share responsibilities in relevant fields such as assistance in education, health promotion, and distribution works of many health-care programs. The caremongering that keeps going after the storm is over shall bring far-reaching dividends and shall be inclusive both in letter and spirit. Caremongers can provide a vital helping hand to patients in getting recyclable medical consumables by their small group or crowd-sourcing as a new generation has more power to move society, media, and peer through constructive social media activism. The civilian camaraderie and leadership by the community, if sustained and fuelled by right societal support, can be used in various supportive functions of primary care services beyond the physicians' call of duty like follow-up guidance, monitoring, and surveillance of public health initiatives as well as educational or promotional activities. The time to strategically place youth participation in public health domain has arrived and hopes their work in tandem brings cheer to many.

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Conflicts of interest

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Gerkan T. Coronavirus: Kind Canadians start 'caremongering' trend. Available from: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-51915723 [Last accessed on 2020 Apr 23].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Grover A, Sharma MG. Long Term Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Healthcare Scenario in India. Available from: https://www.gogle.com/amp/s/www.expresspharma.in/amp/guest-blogs/long-term-impact-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-healthcare-scenario-in-india/. [Last accessed on 2020 Apr 23].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Deo SS. Protection of good samaritans: A study in the light of supreme court's decision in save life foundation case. Int J Law 2016;6:12-3.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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