Covid-19, which has already been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has started to haunt the Indian subcontinent in its full force. Although the deadly disease, till now, has been well handled by India, it is going to be very interesting how the country will fight it, considering the dense population and substandard medical infrastructure, especially in rural areas.
Executive director of WHO health emergencies programme, Dr Michael J Ryan said, “India, like China, is a hugely populous country. The future of this pandemic, to a greater extent, will be determined on what happens in very large and densely populated countries.”
After the economic liberalisation of 1991, the health department is one of the biggest successes in the history of India’s economy. The country has been quite successful in setting up multiple hospitals of the international stature. After China, Italy, Spain, Iran, and The US, all eyes are on India to see how the South Asian country will cope up with the global health crisis.
“It’s really important that India continues to take aggressive action at the public health level and at the level of society to contain, control, suppress this disease and save lives,” added the WHO office-bearer.
India was a global leader in dealing with Smallpox, a disease that killed more people than the two world wars combined. In addition, India has been successful in eradicating polio through medical intervention.
Another WHO official, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is the director general of the organisation, believes the pandemic is spreading across the world at a faster pace and the world needs to be cautious about this. Slowing the spread of Corona could be the most effective solution, at least till a vaccine is invented.
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The total cases of Coronavirus across the globe have crossed the 450k mark, with over 20k deaths. Italy leads the chart at 7500+, followed by Spain (3500+) and China (3200+) – the origin country of the deadly virus.