The Lancet, a well-known medical daily, has criticized some of the steps taken by the Indian government to curb the spread of corona despite numerous warnings as inexcusable actions by the Modi government.
The Lancet Magazine, which has been in operation since 1823, is the most popular and valuable medical journal in the world. On May 8, 2021, it published an editorial entitled ” India’s Covid – 19 Emergency “. It slammed India’s vaccine distribution and process, the BJP government’s election campaign when the second corona wave reached its peak, and its permission for religious gatherings.
If the number of corona victims in India reaches 10 lakh by August, it will be the “self-inflicted national catastrophe” inflicted on India by the Narendra Modi government.
Hospitals are overflowing with patients, health workers and doctors are suffering from overwork, many are dying, and social networking sites are overflowing with news that doctors and the general public are vulnerable to oxygen, hospital beds and basic necessities. But despite repeated warnings by Indian health ministers about the dangers of the second wave and the mutated coronavirus, it has been criticized for pointing out that India has “reached the final stage of the corona epidemic” in the wake of the declining corona outbreak since March.
Also, “Despite warnings about the risks of superspreader events, the government allowed religious festivals to go ahead, drawing millions of people from around the country, along with huge political rallies—conspicuous for their lack of COVID-19 mitigation measures,” they said.
“The Modi government’s lack of approach to corona has led to a lack of focus on the vaccination campaign. Thus, all plans for vaccination at the state level came to a standstill. With only 2% of the population being vaccinated, the sudden announcement that everyone over the age of 18 could be vaccinated without a proper discussion of vaccination policies with the states and without a clear vision of the acute shortage of the vaccine caused further confusion and confusion for the public.
This corona crisis in India varies from state to state. Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat could not cope with the sudden corona attack and without medical oxygen and without a place in the hospital the crematoriums reached an awful state of overflowing with corpses. The state of Uttar Pradesh also announced that those seeking medical oxygen on social networking sites would be arrested under the National Security Act. But states like Kerala and Odisha have better coped with the second wave by producing the necessary oxygen, ” The Lancent said.
The Lancet has given two pieces of advice to India on how to deal with this crisis. They are as follows:
1. Accelerate the work of distributing vaccines, including those coming from abroad. Make them fast reaching not only in urban areas but also in small and marginal towns and villages. 65% of India’s population is there.
2. At the same time SARS-CoV-2 infection should be brought under control as much as possible. We need to make people aware of the situation by releasing real data on the spread of corona infection. State governments have begun to take steps to control the disease, but the U.S. government needs to raise awareness on issues such as social exclusion, isolation, and crowd control in public places.
According to the Institute for Health Measurements and Assessment, if India faces 10 lakh deaths, it will be the “self-inflicted national catastrophe” inflicted on India by the Narendra Modi government. The government must now reconsider its plan to deal with the corona and recover from this crisis. The success of that endeavour can only be achieved if the government acknowledges its mistakes and acts scientifically and openly with responsible leadership. ” As the Lancet editorial noted.