Asphyxiated and ravaged, India resists the coronavirus flailingly. Much of the tidal wave was foreseen, but complacently dismissed. We need all hands now to fortify ourselves against the next, inevitable attack.
What ails India? Why has it not been able to control the pandemic? What must it do to secure the future—to forestall a bigger third wave, and the next mass killer that is sure to come? There’s a big jigsaw piece that has been starkly conspicuous by its absence in India. Historically, and now. And it’s a question of thinking politically about health.
Let us strengthen our good old systems from the ground up rather than trying to decorate the top with techniques from modern medicine, says Dr J A Jayalal, president of the Indian Medical Association