· INTRODUCTION TO CORONA VIRUS
The WHO formally declared the novel coronavirus as an acute respiratory syndrome disease on 11th March, 2020 with the publication of public health guide to the pandemic response during these times this serious illness needs hospitalization and ventilator support. To control and reduce the spreading of this dreaded disease government issued important guidelines such as lockdown on 23rd march with “social distancing” and “self-isolation’’ by following proper guided rules. Also the implication of lockdown had impacted on our economy, social and healthcare facilities.
In these difficult times, this dreaded disease made people scared, anxious and in fear to get access to emergency treatment. India has government and private medical health facilities for providing medical care to the people. In India, during this time many hospitals closed their doors on the faces of people because they don’t have space and the much facilities available. People are in pain or dying, some in fear and some because they didn’t get enough medical care to recover. Also In some places, people threatened doctors and medical workers in frustration for not providing medical care to their family patients.
· CURRENT SITUATION
Doctor’s and other health workers are who are responding to the medical health facilities are fighting to save individuals, families and communities in adverse situations, There is a shortage of medical health equipment’s in the hospitals such as PPE Kit, Ventilator, Oxygen, Medicines and Injections. The current consumption of Oxygen in the Delhi Hospitals is 970 tonnes and also it is expected to go more up in the upcoming days. In the second wave of coronavirus. Oxygen is the most important and valuable resource which needs to be transported and consume with utmost care. People are struggling to find beds every day in hospitals. The government started the drive of the vaccinations from May 1 St., 2021 for the age group 18-44.
· INFRASTRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL UNDER PRESSURE
According to Fitch Solutions, a data research agency, with just over an average of eight hospital beds and eight physicians per 10,000 people, India’s healthcare sector is not well-equipped for such a crisis. “The significant inefficiency, dysfunction and acute shortage of healthcare delivery systems in the public sector do not meet the growing needs of the population,” the agency said. It also pointed out that the health infrastructure of states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Karnataka have already been overwhelmed by the health emergency. Furthermore, the exponential rise in infections means diagnostics firms testing for coronavirus are nearing breaking point in many cities.
· INDIA EXPANDS VACCINE COVERAGE
India, the world’s second-most populous country with over 1.3 billion people, is grappling with a new public health emergency after it lowered its guard when coronavirus infections fell to a multi-month low in February, health experts and officials say. Total coronavirus cases in India are now at 15.32 million, second only to the United States. India has so far lost 180,530 people to COVID, but experts warn that the official death toll does not reflect reality and that it could sharply rise.
Several major cities are already reporting far larger numbers of cremations and burials under coronavirus protocols than official COVID-19 death tolls, the Reuters news agency reported, citing crematorium and cemetery workers and a review of government data To control the pandemic, the federal government decided to expand vaccine coverage, announcing on Monday that vaccinations will be made available for all citizens aged over 18 from May 1.”India is vaccinating people at world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum,” Prime Minister Narender Modi said on Monday.