Chennai: After shutdown of elective surgeries, "non-essential" consultations and children’s vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals across the state were partially empty. The crisis, which has brought the healthcare sector in the state to its knees, can only transform by making permanent reforms the pandemic has forced, experts say. First on the list is making the country self-reliant with medical equipment and diagnostics. "Lessons learned from this pandemic are valuable," said Dr G S K Velu, Trivitron chairman and MD during the TOI’s virtual conclave, ‘Making Tamil Nadu Future Positive’, on the healthcare industry. "A country of 1.3 billion can no longer be dependent on imported diagnostic kits and medical equipment," he said.