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If the government had acted in time during the second wave of Kovid, the consequences would have been less dire: Parliamentary panel

Many lives could have been saved during the second wave of the Covid pandemic if the strategy had been implemented in time, a parliamentary panel said while slamming the government for not estimating the gravity of the situation.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health in its 137th report Rajya Sabha On Monday, said that the second wave is undoubtedly due to high cases, increased deaths, lack of oxygen and beds in hospitals, short supply of medicines and other vital medicines, disruption in essential health care services, hoarding and black marketing of cylinders and medicines etc. was affected. ,

“The Committee is of the view that had the government had been able to identify the more virulent strain of virus in the population at an early stage and applied its strategy appropriately, the consequences would have been less severe and many lives could have been lost. saved,” it said.

The committee found that India is one of the countries with the highest burden of COVID-19 cases in the world. The vastness of the country’s population posed a major challenge in the face of the pandemic.

It said that the country witnessed tremendous pressure due to critical health infrastructure and acute shortage of health workers.

It noted that the government cannot accurately predict the severity of the pandemic and its possible resurgence in subsequent waves, even if the trajectory of Covid-19 cases in the country has shown a decline after the first wave, should the government continue Tha committee said efforts to monitor the resurgence of Covid and its potential outrage in the country.

It noted that the ministry had cautioned the states to maintain vigil and prepare a strategy for any emergency arising due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in their respective regions.

“However, the committee is unhappy that many states were unable to deal with the uncertainties and medical emergencies arising in the wake of the resurgence of Covid-19 during the second wave, leading to over 5 lakh registered deaths,” it said. ,

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