Politics of COVID-19: Political Epidemiology of and Pandemics

  • Dr. (Prof.) Jugal Kishore Director Professor & Head, Department Community Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.

Abstract

“Medicine is a social science, and politics nothing but medicine at a larger scale”
Rudolf Virchow
Rudolf Virchow was convinced that social inequality was a root cause of ill-health, therefore, social science including political power is required to balance such inequality so that diseases can be prevented and controlled. Recent public health successes such as eradication of small pox, rinderpest and elimination of polio and guinea worm infestation, show that adequate political action has often been required before effective public health policies and interventions could be implemented. One of the pillars for success of any policy or, health program is political support and commitment. This is true for disasters including epidemics and pandemics. For their mitigation and preparedne, resource mobilization is one of the vital activities where government plays a crucial role. Many a time government may not be able to provide sufficient resources but channelizing and controlling their use is an important activity which is performed by the government officials.

How to cite this article:
Kishore J. Politics of COVID-19: Political Epidemiology of Pandemics. Epidem Int 2020; 5(4): 1-4.

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Published
2020-11-20