There’s severe inequity in access to healthcare that exists along so many axes in our country: the general urban-rural divide in health infrastructure, the differentials in financial resources, the digital divide, the lack of specialist care, the continuing unaffordable out-of-pocket expenditures even within the public health system and the lack of general information.
Sonam Chaturvedi, Lecturer, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Vandana Prasad, Community Physician and Public Health Professional.
When will things get back to normal? A question we have asked since COVID-19 hit us in 2020.
Who imagined it would last for more than a year, and return in waves as deadly as the second wave in India, which was nothing less than a nightmare. Practically every family was suffering, grieving, pleading; anxiously looking for hospital beds, oxygen, ambulances and basic help.
There were many without access to technology who could not even reach out. This disquieting story arises from our participation in an informal collective that mushroomed as civil society’s voluntary response to the crisis surrounding us.
Published in: BMJ Global Health Blog
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