The news coming from India is deeply concerning. The sudden lockdown left millions stranded with no food and shelter.
Internally displaced workers were seen walking hundreds of miles. Many lost their lives due to exhaustion, dehydration and starvation.
After two months finally, Indian railways decided to run some trains for stranded workers. However, the latest reports indicate mismanagement with forty trains reaching wrong destinations. Reports of 80 deaths of tired migrants from those trains have come in.
There was the heartbreaking video of a toddler trying to wake up his mom who had already passed away on the floor in Kolkata railway station. Another story of a fifteen year old girl cycling 1200 miles with her sick dad from Delhi to Bihar.
COVID 19 graph isn’t yet flattened in India. It is going up.
Many countries are facing mismanagement of the pandemic. However, the apathetic attitude of Indian central government and certain state governments like that of Uttar Pardesh etc. leaves one wondering what is worst the pandemic or the authoritarian regime that cares little for the population.
Shabina Hussain, MBBS, DPH, MPH
Mountlake Terrace, WA
HIFA Profile: Shabina Hussain is an independent global health consultant and is based in the USA. Professional interests: Maternal & Child Health, Family Planning, Reproductive & Sexual Health, women's rights, survival of girl child, poverty eradication, Prevention of Infectious diseases.
Email: hussain.shabina AT gmail.com