Myopic planning crashes country’s health infrastructure

Myopic and unscientific planning seems to be the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the country which could have been avoided. A country which boasted of being medical tourism hub in this part of the world was hit by shortages of medical oxygen, hospital beds, drugs to be given to COVID- 19 patients and now is facing shortage of vaccines. This is highly unimaginable that a country with second high population in the world suffers a crash of its health infrastructure.

One fails to understand as to why the health system was taken by surprise if it was supposed to be catering to the current population of India which is 1,392,049,645 as of 23 May, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. It could not have happened inadvertently. It can be blamed to be a lackadaisical attitude of the ruling coterie which transformed itself into ruining coterie by ignoring such an important sector as health. The ruling coterie seemingly woke up from its deep slumber when the international media printed pictures of thousands of pyres being burnt, some in the absence of a funeral ground out in the open areas. They woke up when there were shocking reports of black marketing and hoarding of oxygen and life-saving drugs. When kin of the deceased ran helter shelter looking for medical oxygen in the open market and fell prey to hoarding vultures for whom a dime was more coveted than a human life.

At one stage it seemed the end of the world. The ruling party and its leaders were busy campaigning for impending polls in States throwing all  safety from COVID protocols to wind. Their one point aim was to grab power in every nook and corner of the country.

One fails to comprehend how these politicians could overlook the impending disaster to which they were contributing.  However, they don’t seem to have been woken up from their deep slumber by the wailing of those who lost their near and dear ones. Once again there is murmur of vaccine shortage. It was announced that those in the age group of 18  to 45 would get their first vaccine shot starting 1 May. However, this seems to be a hollow announcement as vaccine stocks have run out of stock in several vaccination centres, even in the Capital where thousands in the age group have remained without their first shot due to unavailability of the vaccine.

It sounds scary that thousands in the age group are still unprotected. How can a government turn a blind eye to this segment exposing them to the risk of contracting the killer disease ?

After Covaxin by  Bharat Biotech and Covishield by Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca’s by Wockhardt , vaccines being produced in India, Sputnik V is also on the horizon,  but when will the scarcity be overcome ??

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