The unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases has put an international spotlight on India for all the wrong reasons. The country is still not in a great place when it comes to tackling the pandemic. The sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 cases is proof of that.
The country saw a complete disregard for social distancing norms and hygiene practices after the first wave of outbreaks. It wreaked havoc on all efforts to contain the outbreak. With daily Corona cases breaking records every day in May and June, it was nothing but a nightmare. Thousands of deaths were recorded every day. One can only wonder at the inefficiency, dysfunction, and acute inadequacy of the healthcare infrastructure in the country.
Several hospitals across the nation outstretched their capacity to admit Covid patients. Even then, there was an acute shortage of hospital beds, oxygen supply, ventilators, medicines, and ambulances in states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and Karnataka.
Concerned over the rising number of cases, the states are now working to revamp their healthcare infrastructure. The devastation caused by the second wave also made people aware of how crucial it is to increase public spending on health.
Now, there is a growing concern about a third wave entering the Asian Market. India’s vaccination drive is gearing up to maximize as many people as possible to prepare itself for another wave. Researchers, however, debate that the implementation has been slow given India’s population of 1.35 billion. With this massive population, India administered 80.9 million vaccine doses until April 2021. India’s vaccination drive is ranked third in the world after The U.S. and China. But is this really enough?
India lags far behind in immunization per capita even though it is the third-largest vaccine maker. The country recently expanded its inoculation drive to contain everyone over the age of 45. However, only 1 out of 25 people have been vaccinated as of now.
Despite several healthcare reforms, India is still not able to contain the pandemic. This has clearly put a dent in the Indian healthcare system. Not to mention, a thriving black market has sprung up around healthcare devices and medicines.
More than 80% of the population still doesn’t have the right health insurance coverage which makes the situation even worse. This, together with the medical inflation has crippled the average middle-class Indians with exorbitant spending on health expenses. Not only do we need to relook at policies when it comes to government funds for healthcare, but we also need to create awareness around insurance coverage and the reality of health expenses.
Are we waiting for another pandemic to get health insurance for ourselves or are we still complacent that ‘nothing will happen to us’ in the future? One thing this pandemic has taught us is that mental and physical well-being is important and secondly, to have a health insurance policy for you and your family. This Covid-19 fight is still not over and we are still amid this unprecedented calamity, as new variants of coronavirus continue to emerge. What we need is a collective effort of the government, medical fraternity, and the citizens to emerge stronger to defeat this Pandemic.
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