TW: COVID Death
Dear Indian Media and People in Power alike,
You were never there when we desperately needed you, to tell the truth, and represent the real Indian people and their issues. So now don’t show us our reality, we would prefer to watch our self-glorification when our dear ones are struggling for oxygen, life-saving drugs, and ICU beds.
Please don’t say that our health system has collapsed, India is among the countries having the lowest public healthcare budget in the world. The public healthcare system in the country merely getting 1.26% of the total GDP and we are aspiring to increase to 2.5% of total GDP. We took 9 months to revise our treatment plan for corona on the contrary other countries kept updating it.
Even in the Healthcare Access and Quality Index released by the medical journal Lancet in 2018, India ranked 145th out of the 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility to healthcare so try to recall that our health care system has collapsed a long time ago. Because for the last 50 countries in the index, there is no health system at all.
Our chronology in Covid 19 management is mind-blowing. First, we didn’t want to accept Covid 19 because we had to organize Namaste Trump for our best friend POTUS. When after 2 months, we accepted the Existence of Covid 19, we locked ourselves so bad that we couldn’t see the plight of migrants. Thousands of people died nothing but of state’s apathy, But we preferred utensil banging, lighting earthen pots.
Last April, when India banned hydroxychloroquine HCQ, the best friend Trump called our PM asking for supply and threatened retaliation. India lifted the ban, citing the “humanitarian” aspects. India has exported 66.2698 Million doses of vaccine to 94 nations in the world, which is 36% of its total supply, and we passed months in self-glorifying as Vaccine Guru. It showed our humanitarian aspect once again.
Now, when India is facing an acute vaccine shortage, the US has put an export ban on vaccine materials citing America First. So, I guess we are not friends anymore. But leave alone any relation it is morally imperative for the US to help India.
Well, How can we judge the US when our priorities are not clear? The Centre’s project of constructing a new common Central Secretariat for its Ministries famously known as Central Vista was kick-started amid the chaos. When our health system is so hugely underfunded, is it really necessary to demolish our beautiful buildings and erect new towers?
We preponed the Kumbha celebration due to astrological reasons, 10 million footfall was expected though it reduced to 6 million, the event created super spreaders, and this time Corona moved into villages and cities alike. We wanted to use our good signs hidden in stars but couldn’t realize the fault in our stars.
We lambasted the Farmer’s protest, never to forget vilification of a particular sect among Muslims for the genesis of the Covid 19 in India. The Schools/Universities were closed because we were fearing community spread but Political rallies were always there to protect our democracy. When the hospitals around the country have been raising SOS alarms for the acute shortage of necessary supplies, Sarkar was busy campaigning for the West Bengal elections. Too much democracy?
Right now our foremost priority is to control the rampant spread of corona in our cities and villages alike. We need to address the chaos in our government and public hospitals. We need to have more trees in our localities and live in sync with the environment. Researches are pointing out that increasing air pollution is fueling mortality in covid.
Governments must strengthen our public healthcare system for the most advanced treatment and easier accessibility. The chaos in the hospitals needs to be addressed; Private hospitals are robbing off people in the name of Covid. We need to cap the Covid treatment expense and set people accountable. Leave alone it for poor people even majority of the middle class can’t afford private healthcare facilities without any insurance.
If our authorities still do not have a plan, consider my suggestions.
With Best wishes,
A Breathless Indian