COVID India crisis: the road ahead

Vida Vidyangi Patil
6 min readApr 28, 2021

Highlights from the ground on the dire Covid-19 situation in India

The second wave of the Covid pandemic has hit India brutally. In a conversation, Dr. Priyanjali Datta and Dr. Dhruv Kacker of Aaroogya Foundation, shared the ground realities.

Aaroogya Foundation founded by Dr. Datta and Dr. Kacker, is a health care non-profit working in the field of cancer detection and serves underprivileged communities in India and Uganda. When the pandemic set foot in India, they had to pivot and create another vertical to address the burgeoning Covid-19 cases with a dedicated task-force.

One year on, and in the midst of the second wave they dwelt on three aspects — what went wrong, suggestions to course correct, and how they see this pandemic dying down.

What went wrong

India saw a dip in Covid cases before it soared dramatically to 300,000 cases in a day. Dr. Kacker pointed out that the reason for this spike was multifactorial with the blame squarely placed on the laxity of the general public as well as the officials. And this laxity he suggested, probably stems from a “classic sense of self-denial. That this will not happen to me.” One can see the proof in the rampant non-use or improper use of masks by the public while outdoors, massive election rallies, religious events, and unabated family celebrations such as wedding ceremonies.

And this laxity he suggested, probably stems from a “classic sense of self-denial. That this will not happen to me.” One can see the proof in the rampant non-use or improper use of masks by the public while outdoors, massive election rallies, religious events, and unabated family celebrations such as wedding ceremonies.

The vaccine drive

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