Covid-19 Second Wave: Where did the last mistake happen?
In Jan and Feb 2021, the number of daily cases of Corona dropped to less than 20,000. Earlier in September, more than 90 thousand cases were being reported every day. Central and State Governments along with local authorities announced the defeat of Coronavirus, after which all the places for people to meet were opened.
Although Prime Minister Modi asked people to wear masks and follow the rules of social distancing, he himself was addressing rallies for elections in five states. Most of the crowds of thousands gathered in these giant rallies did not have masks on their faces. Apart from this, the government also approved the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, which was gathering millions of people.
Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya, a public policy and health system expert, says about this, "There was no match in what the Prime Minister said and did."
At the same time, well-known virologist Dr. Shahid Jameel said, "The government could not detect the second wave and started celebrating its end very soon."
Apart from all these things, this catastrophe has brought many more things to the fore. This disaster has revealed how weak the public health structure in India is and how much it has been neglected for decades.
Seeing people who have died without treatment outside the hospitals are not just shaking the heart.These views are telling what is the reality of the infrastructure of the health sector.
A person told us that India's public health structure was always broken. The only difference is that the rich and the middle class are still aware of it. Those who were competent always depended on private hospitals for treatment of themselves and family. At the same time, poor people were struggling to show up with the doctor.
The government's recent schemes related to the health sector, such as health insurance and cheap medicine for the poor, are also not getting much help. That is because there has been little effort in the last decades to increase the number of medical staff or hospitals.
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