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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103


Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine and Diabetes and Editor in Chief, APIK Journal of Internal Medicine, API Karnataka Chapter, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission14-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance15-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication15-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manjunath Premanath
H. No 21, Block-9, Madhuvana Layout, Srirampura II Stage, Mysore - 570 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AJIM.AJIM_43_20

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Premanath M. Editorial. APIK J Int Med 2020;8:103

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Premanath M. Editorial. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 27];8:103. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2020/8/3/103/289794

My Dear Colleagues,

The last 3 months are so have been a nightmare to all the strata of society not only in India but all over the world. The viral pandemic has caused a havoc unparalled in this modern world. The daily life of everybody is in chaos. The developed countries have been caught napping with the ferociousness and the rapid spread of the illness, India being such a big country with 130 crore population has done reasonably well so far, but things are going from bad to worse. What has been observed is that the people's behavior which is of extreme caution at one end and of extreme nonchalance at the other end. It is difficult to manage such a behavior in a vast country like ours, unless every citizen knows and follows the instructions to the word. This has not happened in the developed countries with high education themselves.

This pandemic has shown how much unprepared we are when such situations arise. It has shown that the amount the government is spending on the health of the people is meager. The importance of government health institutions, which are in a dilapidated state, has been exposed. Government run institutions have to be improved to such an instant, that patients have to prefer them over the private institutions. Then the attitude of the corporate institutions may change for better care for a lesser cost. It is high time that all government-run health-care establishments are upgraded with all the infrastructure, trained personnel, and equipment to face such calamities. No citizen of this country can afford the treatment in a private establishment in this crisis with the amount of charges that have been quoted or the Government has fixed. Everything has to come to an end and this pandemic will also end, but how much of damage it would cause to the public and the country before it ends is any body's guess. Doctor community is already getting exhausted with the burden of cases which are on the increase. Hope they will sustain and come victorious of this virus onslaught.

This issue has a guest editorial on COVID 19 by two experts in the field and a detailed review article on COVID 19 by Dr. Vasantha Kamath and her team, which gives you all the information that you need to know on this pandemic. We have restricted the articles to only two on COVID as everybody is being hammered every day on this issue. Another review in this issue is on the management of ankylosing spondylitis, which should be useful to everyone. There are three original articles, four case reports, with other regular features such as ECG diagnosis and pictorial CME for your reading. There are a few letters to the editor on which we encourage readers to send their comments.

We should have had our annual conference in May, which got indefinitely postponed due to the COVID crisis. Karnataka API donated rupees 5 lakhs to the Chief Ministers relief fund, which is highly laudable. MPMRT which is a part of Mysore API donated one lakh worth of necessary kits to the doctors fighting corona which was highly appreciated. Likewise, many branches might have done their might in this hour of need. We salute them. We expect a lot articles and feedback from the members. The online system for submitting articles and of various journal activities is being upgraded and you all will know about it in the near future. We wish all of you the best of health and urge to take care. The print issue of January-March got delayed because of lock down and might have reached you very late in the month of June. Our sincere apologies but we could not do anything about it due to circumstances. Happy reading


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