How India Fought Other Battles Along With Covid-19
By: Milton, Chiara
Published On: June 21, 2021
India had to go through a deadly second wave of Covid-19. The new strain which is known as B.1.617 or the Delta variant was responsible for the rapid surge in cases. Healthcare facilities were overwhelmed. Crematoriums ran out of space for burials.
While the cases have started to decline since the past few weeks and lockdown restrictions are being lifted slowly and steadily, there is still a long way to go if we want to have some sense of normalcy
Around 86.5 crore or 63.1 percent of India’s population is above 18 years of age which means that the target population to be vaccinated is 70 crore. Around 93 lakh vaccinations are required per day to achieve herd immunity by September. (Source: Business Today)
Besides Covid-19’s medical implications, India had to go through many other agonies along the way:
- Covid and unemployment:
Based on a study by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), during the lockdown period the unemployment rate touched 14.73 on May 23, the figure had reached 23.52 percent in April 2020.-(Source: CNBC-TV18)
As the lockdown restrictions were eased following a drop in Covid cases, the unemployment rate has fallen to 9.7% as of June 13.
The problem of unemployment has always existed in India, the Covid pandemic has just highlighted the dark reality for everyone to see.
- Mental health of doctors and healthcare workers:
Doctors and healthcare workers at hospitals just can’t seem to catch a break. The second wave was a lot worse than the first. They had to make crucial decisions between life and death. Doctors and healthcare workers have their own families, their own problems etc. They are scared of transmitting the virus to their families at home.
The pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health. They have to work long, gruelling shifts while donning a PPE kit in hot, sweltering conditions. Facing these traumatic experiences can lead to long term issues like hyperactivity, post traumatic stress disorder, emotional imbalance, panic attacks and depression in doctors and healthcare workers. (Source: Hindustan Times)
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- Children are becoming orphans:
The second wave has not only devastated the healthcare system in India but also families, orphaning many children.
According to a report of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), 3,621 children were orphaned, 26,176 lost either parent and 274 have been abandoned. (Source: Independent)
Social media is being used to offer these children for adoption. Many are coming forward to adopt these children but there is also a fear of child trafficking. Children can be exploited for manual labour or even sex work. There is a legal procedure to be followed before giving any child up for adoption. Illegal appeals for adoptions of Covid orphans are on the rise, raising fears of them becoming victims of child trafficking.
The Government announced a new education scheme to help kids who were orphaned due to Covid. A corpus of Rs 10 lakh will be created when these children reach 18 years of age. Children under the age of 18 years would be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school. The scheme will pay for expenditure on school fees, uniforms, textbooks and notebooks. (Source: Indian Express)
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