“The government has the best doctors and scientists to advise them. Despite this, the government still doesn’t think such a thing will happen. For example, they should be better prepared, such as using oxygen. This is the government’s mistake.”
The rickshaw driver Rajender Chauhan could not straighten his head. Why is the government not better prepared for the second wave of corona infection in India? Although there are countless patients around the world gasping for breath, this problem plagues almost everyone in India. As a result, the prestige of Prime Minister Modi’s government bottomed out.
Yashwant Deshmukh said: “For the first time in seven years, the number of people who are dissatisfied with the government exceeds the number of people who are satisfied with the government.” He uses his company C-Voter to interview thousands of Indians who speak different local languages every day.
Prime Minister Modi said in a live television speech on April 20: “The second corona wave hit us like a storm.” That day, 295,000 new infections were counted. But three days ago, the day when 260,000 infections increased, Modi still praised the large-scale voting in an election rally in West Bengal.
Deshmukh said: “Modi enjoys a high level of confidence throughout India, which may make people think that corona has been overcome and they no longer need to be careful.” “This seriously damaged his confidence in him.”
In January, Modi had already delivered a speech about India’s “story of hope” at the virtual Davos conference. At the time, the number of infections was very low. Epidemiologist Chandrakant Lahariya said the government should have been expecting a second wave.
“As we all know, there will be a second wave. However, Indians have a special feeling. Although there are second waves in other countries, there are already many cases. The warning has been ignored and preparations have come. not enough.”
Researcher Indira Chakravarthi said that the warning has been shared with the Ministry of Health, but no warning has been given. “The purpose of the lockdown last year was to improve the medical infrastructure. But has the number of hospitals increased? Or has the number of primary clinics increased? Has the number of doctors or nurses increased? Pain and mortality may be lower.”
She pointed out that in October last year, a parliamentary committee concluded that public hospitals need more oxygen and that measures need to be taken to solve this problem.
Chakravarthi said that little work has been done to expand testing capabilities. “This is why we rarely get information from the countryside. We don’t know where the virus is spreading.”
The daily pollution rate began to decline. On Monday, approximately 330,000 cases were added. So far, the highest number of infections was on May 6, when the number of infections exceeded 414,000. One day later, the highest death rate in one day was 4187.
However, experts believe that this does not reflect actual figures. Lahariya said: “There are many reports that people have flu and coughs, and there are long lines of people knocking on the doors of clinics with obvious symptoms.”
On Monday, dozens of bodies floating in the Ganges surfaced. According to local paramedics, the villagers can no longer afford many cremations.
But the government did not admit that it made a mistake. Human Rights Watch wrote that last month, even important news was deleted from Twitter.
The medical journal The Lancet published an important comment last Saturday. The magazine said: “Modi’s actions to suppress criticism and public discussion during the crisis are inexcusable.” The magazine called on the government to admit its mistakes and “provide responsible and transparent leadership”.
Lahariya thinks this is a positive sign, and it at least now recognizes that the third wave may also come. He said: “But this time should not end with promises.” “When the first wave started, there was a lot of discussion about expanding India’s medical infrastructure. Many promises have not been fulfilled. Only now is the third wave, especially in rural areas. Only by preparing the medical infrastructure in the region can we prove that we are serious.
According to him, people’s trust in healthcare has been damaged, not just the current situation. “The government promised to increase the health care budget from 1.2% of GDP to 2.5% four years ago, but almost nothing happened. We need to increase their spending as soon as possible. This is the main issue. All these promises must be fulfilled.”