New Delhi: As per the data collected by the Union Health Ministry, there is one isolation bed per 84,000 people, one quarantine bed per 36,000 people, one doctor per 11,600 Indians and one hospital bed per 1,826 people.
In the wake of coronavirus in India and India’s stressed public health infrastructure, it has rather become very important to maintain social distancing to break the chain and flatten the curve so as to not increase the number of positive cases which might lead to a crisis we aren’t ready to face yet. This is the time to take action and minimize the risk of transmission of Phase 3.
ICMR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology director Anurag Agarwal said, “We are in Stage 2 of transmission, and social distancing is very effective at this stage. Stage 3 requires lockdown. Based on surveillance data, ICMR has made it very clear that every case thus far can be explained. What social distancing does at this stage is to flatten the curve to prevent overloading of the health infrastructure… Janata Curfew is good practice for the future. Based on current data, the government seems to be doing the right thing.”
With a population of nearly 135 crore, the health infrastructure is sad even during ordinary times. At the time of Coronavirus outbreak, the additional problem lies with private sector not being a part of the management yet. Only government beds are available currently.