The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has invited all government and private hospitals that are currently managing COVID-19 cases to join a collaborative network for the treatment of the disease.
Named ‘India COVID-19 Clinical Research Collaborative Network’, it has been suggested by the National Task Force and would be coordinated by the ICMR.
In a statement on April 6, the ICMR said the goal of this network was to enhance the clinical understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic in India in order to develop specific clinical management protocols and further research for the treatment.
The medical research body has also said a central database has been created for clinical and laboratory parameters of hospitalised COVID-19 cases. Inviting all hospitals that are attending to the cases to join the network, the ICMR has given a registration form.
“Hospitals should continue to independently report concerned data to central/state health authorities as per current guidelines,” the ICMR added in the statement.