At a time when the whole world is praising doctors and healthcare workers for their indispensable efforts in tackling the pandemic, the doctors here in India are on a hunger strike for more than 10 days for the sake of the healthcare of people. Even then, why aren’t we talking about this? It’s high time to break the silence!
As the Union Budget presentation for the year 2021-22 began in the Parliament, all eyes and ears were on ‘Healthcare’ and it didn’t take much longer before the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed healthcare as the first item on her union budget checklist. All credits to the impact of COVID-19 on governance.
Experts have predicted that the allocation for the healthcare sector in the Union Budget 2021-22 is likely to go up by 40 per cent. However, we will have to wait for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to make the announcement on Monday, February 1. Before getting to the expectations from the Union Budget for the healthcare sector this year, it is of paramount importance to understand that it has been one of the most neglected sectors irrespective of the governments in power.
Vaccine hesitancy is not something new, it has been there with all immunisation programmes of the world and Covid-19 was no exception to it. But, the hesitancy over a vaccine, which is our only weapon to fight the deadly pandemic that has already taken the lives of more than two million people is indeed a matter of serious concern.
The stage is all set! We are just hours away from the world’s biggest Covid vaccine rollout. As many as 3 lakh frontline healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across India on day one of the massive nationwide Covid-19 inoculation drive, which is set to begin on Saturday, 16 January.
Several states across the country are now scrambling to contain yet another outbreak in the form of bird flu/Avian influenza, including Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra. So, what is this infection and how does it spread? What are the symptoms, treatment and precautions? Moreover, should we be worried? Let’s take a look:
The nation is all set for the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive. As final stage preparations are going on in every nook and corner of the country, let’s look into the details of India’s Covid vaccination plan.
2020 was not easy, by any means. ‘Crisis’ was written all over it and those at the forefront were carrying most of the burden. Doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other workers have been deemed “frontline heroes” for quickly adapting, working tirelessly and risking their own lives as the novel coronavirus spread in waves and continues to overwhelm the system and workforce. Undoubtedly, frontline healthcare workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic in multiple ways.
As Covid-19 vaccines start being rolled out in several countries, a new strain of the coronavirus discovered in Britain has yet again added fuel to the flames. The strain, which is said to be up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original, has already forced several countries to shut their borders or ban travel with the UK and has sowed fears of further health crisis and economic disruptions.