Dr. Shashank Joshi, Member, Maharashtra Covid Task Force, has been honored with the ‘IMA Special Award’ for the year 2020-2021. The award is given to prominent physicians by the Indian Medical Association, New Delhi, for a distinguished performance of the highest order during a particular year. Dr. Joshi received the award during the 96th All India Medical Conference held in Patna on 27-28. December.
“We are in the third wave now and we need to get out of this with responsible behavior. Our biggest challenge today is that even though the cases are mild, most are asymptomatic. If you look at Mumbai, it has 5,712 cases that are asymptomatic out of the 6,347 and the number of people hospitalized is only 389. So the bed occupied is only 9% and there have been only been one death, “he said.
“So basically, Covid has to become a manageable disease, and we have to get out of this in a better way. We have not to be overwhelmed by the third wave. That’s our biggest goal, and for that we have to focus on home-based care rather than institutional care, ”he added.
“We need to focus on the groups that are vulnerable and come to the hospital. And in the transition period, we need to distinguish them from Delta variant because Delta still exists, ”he said.
“That’s why we need to save their lives. So this year we will have zero Covid deaths and zero people in the hospital or intensive care unit, and Covid should be like another common cold..this is our wish, “Dr. Joshi told this newspaper on Sunday.