As we speak I wish to give attention to two key points referring to public well being. The primary one pertains to recycling of used hospital gloves, masks and syringes from medical waste, and the second pertains to our crumbling rural well being infrastructure. These should be addressed at a time when India has to gear as much as face, what’s being referred to as the Third Wave of pandemic that’s going to swamp us.
Already the Second Wave is on the wane, with day by day contemporary circumstances declining to 1.86 lakhs on Thursday and energetic case load falling to 23.four lakhs. Greater than 2.59 lakh Covid sufferers had been discharged on Thursday after full restoration. So, the restoration fee is now at 90.34 per cent, which is a passable development.
At a time, when the general public in cities throughout India are indoors as a result of lockdown enforced by state governments, and other people practising Covid tips strictly, there are fraudsters who’re taking part in with public well being, by recycling medical waste and promoting them in markets. On Thursday, Delhi Police arrested three individuals with an enormous inventory of 850 kg gloves, that had been utilized in hospitals, thrown as medical waste, picked up, cleaned, recycled and packed for resale in West Delhi. This inventory was seized from two flats in Dabri and Bindapur. The police raid was carried out on the idea of data acquired from an informer.
Gloves, masks, syringes and Covid take a look at kits are key instruments to counter the pandemic. The recycled gloves that had been seized might have been worn by medical doctors whereas performing surgical procedures, or by Covid sufferers, or by well being care staff whereas tending to Covid contaminated individuals. These gloves had been thrown as medical waste, however unscrupulous merchants determined to make a killing by recycling them. Clearly they’re taking part in a harmful recreation with public well being.
A number of weeks in the past, we confirmed in ‘Aaj Ki Baat’, how cotton strings utilized in Covid take a look at kits had been being ready unhygienically by girls and youngsters in a slum space in Ulhasnagar close to Mumbai. The native administration carried out raids and seized all of the shares, aside from checking with diagnostic centres who could have purchased these kits.
The recycled gloves that had been seized by police on Thursday had been collected from medical waste despatched by Delhi hospitals. The variety of such recycled gloves bumped into lakhs. Simply think about the dangers confronted by individuals who purchase and put on these recycled gloves. Stringent motion also needs to be taken in opposition to unscrupulous shopkeepers who buy these gloves from merchants and promote them at low cost charges. They have to be hauled up by regulation enforcers and essentially the most stringent legal guidelines have to be used in opposition to them. We can not permit such merchants to unfold the lethal virus.
And now to the second subject: our crumbling rural well being infrastructure. In ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Thursday evening, we confirmed visuals of a hospital campus with leaky roof and falling plaster. Throughout monsoon rains, medical doctors and nurses sit at their tables with umbrellas over their head, whereas sufferers additionally use umbrellas to guard them from rain water.
This hospital is known as Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur Referral Hospital in Tajpur of Bihar’s Samastipur district. Our reporter Gonika Arora is presently touring Bihar, and she or he despatched us visuals of the decrepit constructing through which this hospital is working. A ‘referral hospital’ in medical parlance is one the place sufferers are referred to by medical doctors working in major well being centres and district hospitals. It’s imagined to be a multi-speciality hospital. Our reporter seen plaster peeling off from ceilings held in place by iron beams. The constructing can collapse any second, and but that is an ‘operational’ hospital within the information of the state well being division.
When our reporter spoke to senior well being officers concerning the state of this hospital, they nodded their heads and promised ‘to look into the matter’. These officers, who adorn senior posts within the state well being division, are supposed to make sure that the hospital is in correct working situation. They’re being paid for this, however they displayed a unusually nonchalant angle.
This isn’t a solitary case. There are comparable hospitals in Darbhanga, Madhubani and different districts of Bihar. In well being centres, the place human beings are imagined to be handled, cattle have been tied to the posts. In centres, the place medical doctors ought to have been working, buffaloes occupy their areas.
Within the Samastipur hospital, medical doctors are there, however it appears all preparations have been made for early demise of sufferers, with leaky roof and plasters peeling off from ceilings. There’s rubbish throughout and the poor sufferers actually stay in a state of worry. Docs, too, are a helpless and harassed lot.
The query is: Will or not it’s correct to call a well being facility as a hospital or well being centre, the place the ceilings are able to fall and cattle are tied? Do the senior medical doctors working within the state well being division have even a modicum of disgrace? Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been ruling the state for the final 15 years, and his authorities have to be made accountable.
Our reporter Gonika Arora whereas sending the visuals commented that she felt ashamed by calling this a hospital. Quite the opposite, the highest weapons working within the state well being division ought to really feel disgrace, those that have been ruling Bihar for the final 15 years must be ashamed.
Simply think about, that is the state of hospitals and well being centres in Bihar and the state is meant to be tackling the Covid pandemic. How can the lives of individuals be saved? The most important query is: When will all of the residents of India get fundamental well being amenities? How lengthy ought to they wait?
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