While the Coronavirus outbreak has been taking a toll at the Indian health scenario, tensions ran high in all major cities with the increasing number of positive cases. By Saturday, cases rose to 873 while the death toll stands at 19. Meanwhile, health experts speculated the count to cross 1,000 in a couple of days. However, the number of cases registered so far were from the urban areas only while the flow from foreign countries is more.
Statistically speaking, the urban and metros have almost 20 per cent of the below middle-class migrant population who are one flocking to their home towns. In the wake of the authorities confirming the third stage, the risk of community transmission exponentially increased. On this note, the health experts raise concerns over the spread of infection to rural India which so far remained untouched.
It is to the known knowledge that the urban areas are still struggling to accommodate the Coronavirus patients and the suspected ones in isolations wards. Making it difficult for the respective state governments’ to concentrate on rural places. While the crunch in medical staff including nurses and lab technicians still prevailed, Corona reaching the villages stood as a nightmare while the chance of infection is speculated to be more.
According to the national statistics, the number of hospitals in villages and the technicalities available is not sufficient to face the pandemic. While there are currently 26,000 government hospitals across the country, 21,000 are situated in villages which barely have a proficient health staff. Shortage of laboratories will make it difficult for the sample to get tested. Rounding it off, with the lack of efficient medical services in rural India, the Coronavirus outbreak will be a disaster.