Rural India worst hit in second wave as per reports

As per reports rural India was worst hit in the deadly second wave: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on its pandemic pointers released this Friday gave a statement. It said that rural areas were worst hit by the second wave of Covid-19 compared to other urban centres and India accounted for over half of daily global cases for six days in May due to the surge in infections in rural districts. As per it’s report on the environmental issues, released one day before the world environment day i.e. 4 June, it showed that about 53% of new cases and 52% of deaths in the country last month were recorded in the rural districts.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in the new statistical report i.e. State of India’s Environment in Figures, 2021 said that “the Covid-19 pandemic has severely exposed India’s healthcare system. While the abysmal state of preparedness in urban India has been in the limelight, a more distressing scenario is emerging from the rural hinterland,” It also emphasised on the gaps present in India’s health care system in current time. It further said “the community health centres in rural India need 76% more doctors, 56% more radiographers and 35% more lab technicians.”

As per report, “What escaped everyone’s notice is that every second new case and death reported from India in May was from the rural districts. This means every fourth case reported in the world that month was from rural India.” It was noted that in the first 25-27 days of May, India accounted for every new Covid case and also every third death due to virus spread globally. Sunita Narain, the director general of CSE said that “It is accepted today that one of the reasons we missed out on the virulence and speed of the second wave is because the model for predictions did not have adequate data on the immunity surveys on the populations.” She emphasised on the necessity to have required data to take right policy decisions and make intervention on time to minimise the severity of this deadly crisis.

A huge increase in biomedical waste was also observed in country amid the Covid crisis. The report also threw light on the load of biomedical waste the country is facing as a result of Covid pandemic. As per it, there was a increase of about 46% in Covid-19 biomedical waste between April and May 2021. It was noted that hospitals which are dealing with Covid patients produce 2 lakh kg of biomedical waste per day in May. It was also noted that this waste is about 33% of India’s non Covid biomedical waste. While emphasising this the report also said “At the same time, treatment of this waste has dipped,”

Referring all of this data and information the report feared the alarming situation and the worrying picture. It said that India managed to treat 88% of its biomedical waste in the year 2019 and India still disposes 12% of its hospital waste without any proper treatment.