Coronavirus (316) Mass migration in India (4) Pandemic preparedness (2)

2 April, 2020

I totally agree with Andreas. [http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/coronavirus-307-mass-migration-india-3-p...

What we are witnessing in India is a man-made disaster due to authoritarian rule with absolutely no thought for the poor migrant workers. Sudden lockdown has compounded the human misery, resulting in loss of wages & temporary shelters. Millions stranded away from their native villages has resulted in chaos and death due to exhaustion from walking miles to get home. Scenes of cops assaulting and humiliating poor folks on the roads and spraying them with disinfectants meant for cleaning surfaces is beyond comprehension. Locking them in small enclosures with no food and water has left hundreds in miserable situations.

The steps to control an impending pandemic are supposed to relieve the population of morbidity not to compound and exacerbate the human suffering. The lockdown could have been better implemented by giving at least a week’s notice or providing rations and ensuring shelter for the vulnerable. For example sports stadium etc could be temporarily converted into shelters for the poor.

Disaster preparedness with good planning requires understanding of the population demographics, the social and economic determinants of health and how they will impact the overall morbidity and mortality should, such a situation arise.

Sincerely,

Shabina

Dr. Shabina Hussain, MBBS, DPH, MPH

Independent Global Health Policy Advocate

Mountlake Terrace

WA 98043

USA

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. hussain.shabina AT gmail.com