The Indian family doctor………. an institution on the brink of extinction

The family doctor is synonymous with primary health as well as comprehensive health care in India. Scattered all across India, be it towns, villages and even cities, they were always the first line of contact of a patient with the health system. Highly respected, revered, and loved. They came from different faculties of the medical system; some were Allopath graduates, some Ayurveda graduates, yet others Homeopaths and others Unani graduates. Alongside also flourished a breed called RMPs or registered medical practitioners some of whose credentials were definitely doubtful. They had a basketful of varying degrees, MBBS, BAM&S, BAMS, BMS, DAMS, LCEH, BUMS, GFAM, not that the patient ever cared for his family doctors degree, he in fact never even understood what those letters meant. Crosspathy was the norm, each one practiced a mix of all pathies in their endeavor to give their best to the patients. His mode of transport in the towns and cities was invariably the ‘Hamara Bajaj’ scooter and in villages mostly the Rajdoot motorcycle which could take on any terrain.

The family doctor ensured both primary and emergency treatment and continuing medical care to the patient. He knew all his patients well, their families, their economic and social problems, their habits and vices. He knew their genetic dispositions which made diagnosis of any illness very easy for him. The family doctor was perhaps never wrong in his diagnosis. He didn’t need to take any detailed family history; he already knew it. He was well aware of all their dispositions, his hand percussed well, his palpation dug out hidden indispositions; his stethoscope heard any note that was not in tune with good health. His clinical acumen helped him to diagnose perfectly with these few methods and give good and ethical treatment to his patients. In short, he provided for very affordable treatment which was also very easily accessible.

Vespa later hamara Bajaj

Not for him were the multiple diagnostic tests as of today, only if he was unable to come to a conclusion would he advise any test, definitely not a battery of them. There was a very limited use of technology in his diagnosis.

He would diagnose and treat your fevers, diarrhea’s, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, renal calculi, monitor your pregnancy, any skin infections, in fact he could and would treat everything. He was the jack of all trades, you had a fall, and he would clean and dress it with a jab of tetanus too. If it was a bigger contused, lacerated wound that too he would clean, suture and dress. Any foreign body in the eye, he would easily remove, similarly with foreign bodies in the ear or nose. if you had corns that too would be easily removed by him, so would he easily remove a sebaceous cyst or even a lipoma. Any lady needed an auro plasty, at  that too he was an expert. There was nothing he didn’t know nor could not do and that too for a minuscule fee.  He was the physician and surgeon all rolled into one. He would even provide day care if necessary and would administer intravenous fluids. His clinic or dispensary was of mediocre settings, maybe 2 or three rooms. A table, a chair, an examination table, a few posters on the walls, a calendar, stools for his patients. It was a sparse but well-equipped setup. An electric sterilizer in the corner, his shelves would be filled with medicines, cotton, dressing material, suture material, intravenous fluids, iv sets, sticking tape and all necessary accessories. There would be an emergency tray at one corner, a Xray viewer, his stethoscopes, hammer, forceps and scissors all well stacked, a small refrigerator in one corner for the vaccines. In short, he was well equipped to handle any type of patient.

He doubled up as a gynecologist, obstetrician and pediatrician too. Immunization of the children too was his responsibility. As he stocked and dispensed medicines too he was also the pharmacist. Everything under one roof. His patients were a happy lot, after all he was part of their family, and he joined them in their household celebrations as also in their sorrows. He could be called for house visits regularly, he never refused. There were long queues but no prior appointments were necessary. If you had monetary problems, you could pay later or even the kind doctor would many a time just waive it off. He family doctor also gave advise to families on the education of their children, he counseled his patients and family members to give up smoking, alcohol, drugs if they were addicted to it and successfully too. Family squabbles too would be settled by the shrewd doctor. He provided his services for both acute and chronic illnesses. He provided rehabilitation advice and care. The family doctor gave quality time and advice to his patients, he always avoided unnecessary investigations. He was a boon to the community. He was a trusted person. Even if a patient needed a referral to a secondary or higher center, he would facilitate that too. No wonder he was called the family doctor.

But as usual good things never last forever. The early eighties and later decades saw the influx of the specialist doctors. They specialized in different fields. There were physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists, skin specialists, ophthalmologists, ENT specialists etc. Slowly some patients who were better educated and financially stronger began preferring to see a specialist rather than the family doctor. Of course, the specialists too were very good doctors in their respective fields, but they cost more, prior appointments were needed, long lists of tests were asked to be done, yet the patients had the satisfaction of having gone to a specialist to get the right treatment, but at odd times and hours they still rushed to the family doctors in times of emergency.

A foreign body removal from the eye would cost a few hundred rupees at the family doctors place, it cost a few thousands at the ophthalmologist, but the satisfaction that a specialist took it out was in the patient’s mind. Similarly, all the small surgeries and suturing of wounds he conducted very skillfully at nominal cost would cost ten time more at the specialist but the trend had begun, the out flux at least for specialized treatment’s was towards specialist doctors. People began visiting specialists even for trivial illnesses and began killing the concept of the family doctor. Now he had begun losing these patients and with that his skill too in these matters began to rust.

As he started losing these patients it now was affecting him financially too. The newer generations unlike their older generations didn’t think much of the family doctor, they were happy going to specialists and newer hospitals if treatment was needed. Then came the super specialists. DM, McH and what not. They were masters in different systems and organs, heart, liver, kidney, hand foot, neck, spine, practically every part and organ of the body was catered to by a super specialist. Trends kept on changing; now even for a minor headache patients would line up outside the neurologist’s consultation place, any with UTI would travel to a nephrologist, even the slightest burning sensation in the chest would need a visit to the cardiologist. To make matters worse soon came the corporate hospitals which had every faculty under one roof. They offered all diagnostic services too. The hospitals were swanky, centrally air-conditioned with five-star facilities. The financial status of the patients too had improved drastically coupled with it were huge medical allowances paid for by employers and also the insurance policies offered which ensured cashless treatment. All of this led to the declining number of patients going to the family doctor, some of them mostly the seniors silently wound-up business and went into retirement, the middle-aged formed groups to set small size hospitals, younger ones put money into bigger hospitals as partners, slowly the family doctors both in towns and cities began vanishing.

Those old enough had retired, the younger ones had shifted to newer hospitals, the patients lost out, it was their loss, no more the luxury of calling a doctor home to see his bedridden parents, no more walk-in emergency services, no more cheap quality services, no more heart-to-heart talks with a doctor, the patients unknowingly and unfortunately lost out.

It’s not that only the patients have lost out, the health system has lost out. We need a strong primary health treatment base which is both accessible and affordable to patients if we have to lift up our quality of health services and the key to it is the family doctor. Today no doctor seems to be inclined to do this, none is willing to set up a practice as a family doctor, it doesn’t give any good returns in the current scenario. What every new doctor is interested in today is forming groups, opening a new hospital with diagnostics facilities. There is no more any motivation to work as a family doctor anymore.

Urgent steps need to be taken by the government and medical associations to revive this system immediately before it finally disappears. The trust in the family doctor needs to be reinvented to keep the primary health vibrant. Nothing can replace this very important link at the primary level, lets hope the new generation of doctors realize this and develops the ground for a stronger first point of contact for all patients as their predecessors did.

Another virus…. ZIKA…another attack, this is not from any laboratory

As we are slowly coming to terms with the after math of the covid pandemic, a new virus poses a threat to us. Zika.

Covid 19 many say was man-made by the researchers and scientists at Wuhan and deliberately let upon us, was hence difficult to tackle. Many of course do not agree with that theory, howsoever, it is still looming around us, a third wave is predicted but luckily not yet to be seen, touch wood, no idea when it will be back to haunt us.

But Zika has made a comeback. From Kerala where it popped its ugly head now to my home state of Maharashtra in India. Looks like it’s a virus’s year out, as one recedes another raises its ugly spike.

Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

What can we as citizens do??? Well, we have to first understand the virus and the mode of transmission and its vectors to tackle it.

Zika virus is a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family, genus Flavivirus. Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The Aedes mosquitoes usually bites during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon or evening. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected female mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person who is infected with the virus. The virus then replicates and spreads within the mosquito so that when the infected mosquito bites again, the virus is spread to another person.

The one good thing is, it can be prevented as the epidemiology is known and studied.

Zika has begun affecting some in the district of Pune in Maharashtra and the government is taking all necessary measures to counter and stop it from spreading.

This, season gives an advantage for its breeding. Eggs of these mosquitoes can remain alive for more than a year and even tiny collections of water is sufficient for it to breed, hence all measures to avoid collection of water has to be looked into.

The way we collect unwanted bottles, broken furniture,scraps of utensils, tires in our backyard, surroundings and roof tops, all spell danger for us. Water in our house planters, pots, in roof drains are all going to help the mosquitoes breed leading to dengue chikungunya and Zika. Hence it is each individual’s responsibility to see that all such unwanted stuff is cleared off immediately.

Care should be taken that water during these rains drain off properly and does not collect giving space for the mosquitoes to breed. All residents should follow certain preventive measures including proper garbage disposal, integrated pest management, and make a collective effort to keep the areas mosquito-free.

Spraying activities and fogging if needed shall be taken care of by the government authorities. Use of larvicides, adulticides, space sprays will help to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and also help eliminate adult mosquitoes. Our responsibility is to see that no mosquito breeds, we should be giving them no chance.

Of course, all the mosquitoes can’t be wished away, hence other measures are also equally important, like prevention of mosquito to human contact, use of long sleeves shirts, full length pants, mosquito repellents and nets are some of them. If breeding and the prevention of mosquito contact with humans is achieved, we will have won half the battle of Zika.

Most people infected by the virus won’t have symptoms or will have mild symptoms like fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain. The symptoms can last for several days, and if it continues for long, the patient might need admission to a hospital.

Though in most cases, there are no symptoms. in a few cases, Zika can trigger paralysis (Guillain-Barré Syndrome). In pregnant women, it may cause subsequent birth defects.

 While there is no specific treatment, paracetamol and rest may help.

Zika is a virus that can cause serious problems during pregnancy. If a pregnant lady gets infected with Zika virus, she can pass it to her baby. Zika infection during pregnancy causes a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain problems. It is also linked to other serious problems in the baby.

There is no specific medicine or vaccine for Zika virus. Treat the symptoms, take plenty of rest, get hospitalized if needed.

Zika virus has been identified in several body fluids of infected individuals. In most cases, it remains detected in blood from few days to one week after the onset of symptoms, and is known to persist longer in urine and in semen.

Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. Use of condoms is recommended to reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex.

Yet the fact remains that the major mode of transmission is from the bite of the infected female mosquito, so our focus should be on mosquito control and prevention of mosquito human contact and thereby bites.

To achieve this citizen compliance and cooperation is most necessary. We don’t just save ourselves from Zika but also dengue and chikungunya. Looking forwards to a government citizen collective and combined all out effort in not letting Zika spread. This will give succor to all of us as well as the already overburdened and nearly burnt-out health personnel.

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The next covid wave………myth or reality. Will it spell disaster

The world witnessed the back-to-back waves of covid 19, bringing with it devastation of human lives and sufferings unimaginable. As we await a next possible wave to swoop down upon us each one is keeping their fingers crossed, will it come or will it not?? No one is sure, but what if it does, are […]

The next covid wave………myth or reality. Will it spell disaster

The next covid wave………myth or reality. Will it spell disaster

The world witnessed the back-to-back waves of covid 19, bringing with it devastation of human lives and sufferings unimaginable. As we await a next possible wave to swoop down upon us each one is keeping their fingers crossed, will it come or will it not??

No one is sure, but what if it does, are we prepared to face it, how will it strike us, when will it come if it ever does.  We all are all hoping possibly against hope that it will never come.

From where I come, the beautiful district of Pune in Maharashtra, India, the same thoughts are at the back of all our minds. We too have borne the brunt of covid, especially the city of Pimpri Chinchwad in Pune where I live.

 Ever since covid struck us in the March of 2020, we have gone through ups and downs, increasing and decreasing cases, deaths initially not much but later so many.

 We faced similar problems as in the whole of India, lock downs, restrictions on movements and businesses, shut down of educational institutions, closed markets. Shut down of all entertainment places, no cinema, no restaurants and many more Travel was restricted, you couldn’t move in groups or gather, sporting events were a no no, even gyms and gardens were closed. People wore long beards as the barber shops too were shut down.

As of today, we have had over 2.65 lakh cases, have tested over nearly 15 lakh people with a positivity rate of over 5% and have had nearly over 4300 deaths. Not a really happy state of affairs. The government, local self-body, the private health care system, the police all slogged it out 24 by 7 to take care of the sick, to help prevent spread, to implement the lock down. The doctors, paramedics, the police, ambulance drivers, NGOs all strove hard to help out those in need. It was a massive collective effort. Holidays were unheard of, it was work and only work, no Sundays no weekly offs.

 Today the cases are hovering around 150 to 250 daily in this city, that’s like a plateau for some time now. Deaths are less, the odd 1 or 2 daily but people have become complacent, perhaps the health system too is taking a sigh of relief.

Every one is talking about and anticipating a third wave soon, but no one knows when and how it will strike us, if at all it does.

The government and the health system are on high alert not knowing exactly what is coming or when and how it will come. People have grown complacent, traveling has increased, crowding is common, the guard indeed is down. Fear is no more seen among most of us, some laugh it out, yet some others are scared and the remaining don’t care. Many are confident that now as they are vaccinated the virus cannot touch them anymore, they don’t need to fear.

 Each one though has taken note that vaccination is important, vaccinations centers are crowded, yes, vaccine is in short supply, yet over 10 lakh people in this city have had their first dose already, that means more than a third of the eligible population is now vaccinated at least for the first dose.

Preparations are up to the mark here, ample beds, oxygen storage tanks, oxygen generators, logistics, manpower, pediatric wards, medicines, ICUs, ventilators vaccination centers, testing centers with augmented capacities. Daily and weekly meetings of the bureaucrats at all levels are having brainstorming sessions on what else need to be done. They believe they are ready to face the virus if it comes in whatever variant or form it decides to.

Are all our efforts good enough is the question we should be asking ourselves. No idea in what form, variant this next wave will come, will it be more dangerous, will it be fast spreading, more infectious, will it be really lethal or will it just come infect some and go. Will the vaccine be able to stop the virus? How can we predict this? Not many answers to our questions.

Positive cases keep hovering above 150 daily, will the virus strike out of the blue as we take comfort in the present status that cases are not increasing, will the situation be as in the second wave, sudden spurt in cases over a short period of time and deaths too, or will it be faster than lightening putting all our efforts and preparation to naught. Are our preparations good enough? We know not.

One scenario is it never comes, another is it does strike again but won’t be as infectious and lethal, but yet another possibility that scares me is it could be worse than the previous and break through all our defenses. Whom will it take away, as it is so many doctors have lost their lives to covid, the back bone of the medical system that is that nurses and paramedics have faced the brunt of the previous two waves and a tired lot?

Will the story of the boy who cried wolf repeat itself, if we ignore the signs of an impending wave, we shall be in for a major disaster?

Even as I conclude there is news the next wave will be upon us this month of August itself. It is estimated to peak by October 2021. Deaths it is being predicted will be less and daily cases might cross 100000.

Yes, we are ready to face this belligerent virus gifted to us by Wuhan. Man will win, we shall overcome unless the virus mutates to put all our efforts to naught.

The next covid wave………myth or reality. Will it spell disaster.

The world witnessed the back-to-back waves of covid 19, bringing with it devastation of human lives and sufferings unimaginable. As we await a next possible wave to swoop down upon us each one is keeping their fingers crossed, will it come or will it not?

No one is sure, but what if it does, are we prepared to face it, how will it strike us, when will it come if it ever does.  We all are all hoping possibly against hope that it will never come.

From where I come, the beautiful district of Pune in Maharashtra, India, the same thoughts are at the back of all our minds. We too have borne the brunt of covid, especially the city of Pimpri Chinchwad in Pune where I live.

 Ever since covid struck us in the March of 2019, we have gone through ups and downs, increasing and decreasing cases, deaths initially not much but later so many.

 We faced similar problems as in the whole of India, lock-downs, restrictions on movements and businesses, shut down of educational institutions, closed markets. Shut down of all entertainment places, no cinema, no restaurants and many more Travel was restricted, you couldn’t move in groups or gather, sporting events were a no no, even gyms and gardens were closed. People wore long beards as the barber shops too were shut down.

As of today, we have had over 2.65 lakh cases, have tested over nearly 15 lakh people with a positivity rate of over 5% and have had nearly over 4300 deaths. Not a really happy state of affairs. The government, local self-body, the private health care system, the police all slogged it out 24 by 7 to take care of the sick, to help prevent spread, to implement the lock down. The doctors, paramedics, the police, ambulance drivers, NGOs all strove hard to help out those in need. It was a massive collective effort. Holidays were unheard of, it was work and only work, no Sundays no weekly offs.

 Today the cases are hovering around 150 to 250 daily in this city, that’s like a plateau for some time now. Deaths are less, the odd 1 or 2 daily but people have become complacent, perhaps the health system too is taking a sigh of relief.

Every one is talking about and anticipating a third wave soon, but no one knows when and how it will strike us if at all it does.

The government and the health system are on high alert not knowing exactly what is coming or when and how it will come. People have grown complacent, traveling has increased, crowding is common, the guard indeed is down. Fear is not seen among most of us, some laugh it out, yet some others are scared and the remaining don’t care. Many are confident that now as they are vaccinated the virus cannot touch them anymore, they don’t need to fear.

 Each one though has taken note that vaccination is important, vaccinations centers are crowded, yes, vaccine is in short supply, yet over 10 lakh people in this city have had their first dose already, that means more than a third of the eligible population is now vaccinated for the first dose at least.

Preparations are up to the mark here, ample beds, oxygen storage tanks, oxygen generators, logistics, manpower, pediatric wards, medicines, ICUs, ventilators vaccination centers, testing centers with augmented capacities. Daily and weekly meetings of the bureaucrats at all levels are having brainstorming sessions on what else need to be done. They believe they are ready to face the virus if it comes in whatever variant or form it decides to.

Are all our efforts good enough is the question we should be asking ourselves. No idea in what form, variant this next wave will come, will it be more dangerous, will it be fast spreading, more infectious, will it be really lethal or will it just come infect some and go. Will the vaccine be able to stop the virus? How can we predict this? Not many answers to our questions.

Positive cases keep hovering above 150 daily, will the virus strike out of the blue as we take comfort in the present status that cases are not increasing, will the situation be as in the second wave, sudden spurt in cases over a short period of time and deaths too, or will it be faster than lightening putting all our efforts and preparation to naught. Are our preparations good enough? We know not.

One scenario is it never comes, another is it does strike again but won’t be as infectious and lethal, but yet another possibility that scares me is it could be worse than the previous and break through all our defenses. Whom will it take away, as it is so many doctors have lost their lives to covid, the back bone of the medical system that is that nurses and paramedics have faced the brunt of the previous two waves and a tired lot?

Will the story of the boy who cried wolf repeat itself, if we ignore the signs of an impending wave we shall be in for a major disaster? Even as I conclude there is news the next wave will be upon us this month of August itself. It is estimated to peak by October 2021. Deaths it is being predicted will be less and daily cases might cross 100000.

Yes, we are ready to face this belligerent virus gifted to us by Wuhan. Man will win, we shall overcome unless the virus mutates to put all our efforts to naught.

Covid 19- A pandemic of Covid, an epidemic of lies, deceit and corruption.

All lies masked

Covid hit the world some time in late 2019, initially at Wuhan and then slowly spread its tentacles to spread to every country in the world devastating human lives.

After Auschwitz now Wuhan became the most cursed city in the world history. Covid brought misery and suffering to mankind, but not to all. A few or many flourished. They made the pandemic to work to their advantage, many lost their lives, many cashed on them. Doctors, paramedics, traders, bureaucrats, politicians NGOs all went for the kill.

Lockdowns broke the backbone of the masses

Even as lock-downs hurt business, people lost jobs and found it difficult to make ends meet the unscrupulous made merry. As the second and third waves followed the first the series of deceit, lies and corruption kept on mounting.

In the initial stages of the pandemic especially in the first wave, everything from gloves, sanitizers, N95 masks, PPE kits were being bought and 5 to ten times the cost, argument being we have to provide. Equipment was need to tackle the pandemic, the suppliers managed to sell equipment both wanted and unwanted at twice or thrice the cost and in quantities perhaps which wasn’t needed. Right from hand sanitizers to funny equipment that promised to clear the atmosphere of the virus was purchased, not to tackle the epidemic but to fill one’s pockets. All knew opportunity knocks only once! Then came the testing kits sold at exorbitantly high costs. Rapid antigen kits sold then at above 500 rupees are now available for less than 50 rupees, but the killing had been made. Money had exchanged hands, every one in the system was happy, to hell with the patients, covid must stay now, it was their bread and butter.

ICU just no beds

Some where somebody frantically searched for an oxygen bed an ICU or a ventilator while the pimps in the system bought oxygen from their greedy suppliers at a premium. What normally cost 12 to 15 rupees a unit was purchased at 25 to 40 rupees. that’s because the kickbacks traveled from the lowest clerks to the highest officers.

Reasons given were that it was in short supply, in a disaster or emergency they had no other option, so they weren’t wrong. Then again people kept moving from one hospital to another on search of an ICU bed for their loved ones, literally none were available, many died for lack of an oxygen or ICU bed. Another opportunity grabbed, hawk eyed officers saw it immediately, buy more ventilators, buy many more oxygen generation machines, buy more jumbo cylinders, HFNO, syringe pumps, ICU beds,defibrillators etc. of course all at highly inflated price ranging from 100 to 200 percent of the original peace time costs.

Bureaucrats are bosses

Non-medical bureaucrats took over the control measures for the epidemic. They prided themselves in their knowledge of medicine mostly acquired from the internet, google and some from the doctors. They shared their newly acquired knowledge with the political class and then they together took decisions which in the eye of citizens seemed to be so citizen friendly and proactive. Half-baked ideas took the forefront not knowing the outcomes or implications of their decisions.

They worked

Meanwhile, the doctors and the paramedical staff slogged, especially from the government sector and so also the private sector. Long endless hours of duty, no leaves, they had to save peoples lives. The private sector too was overburdened as the flow of patients and deaths went on rising. Beds were scarce so were medicines like remdesivir and tocilizumab. The black market thrived. Deaths kept on rising. Some died {the poor and the downtrodden} some passed away {the rich and the elite}. Each person had a tale to tell as to why the deaths occurred, lack of medicines, not getting a hospital bed. No oxygen beds available or no ventilators available. There wasn’t a single person who hadn’t lost a near one, maybe a friend, an acquaintance, parent, child or sibling. The wrath of the virus took them all away.

Some of the private and corporate hospital too jumped into the fray of making a fast buck, exorbitant bills were passed on to patients, medicines in short supply were being sold at a heavy premium, patients were being over charged or wrongly charged. Not all hospital owners though were as unethical, there were those who did an excellent job treated their patients well never fleeced them but the ones who fleeced patients overshadowed the work of the good ones. Some of them earned money that they wouldn’t have earned in their lifetime had covid not come. The money they generated was unbelievable, of course the common man, the patients lost out. Governments made a feeble attempt or was it a show bringing prices under control but never succeeded, in fact it looks like they never intended to.

Mad rush at crematoriums

 The rush at the crematoriums were huge, waiting period to get on to the traditional pyres or the electric crematoriums was long, indeed a sorrowful state of affairs. It took hors hours for ones turn to come. There was no dignity in death too. Relatives too shied away from accompanying their dead, the fear of contacting covid kept them outside the crematoriums. A handful of good Samaritans came forward to cremate or bury the dead for no remuneration, God bless these kind souls. The people who looked after the crematoriums too found a chance to make a fast buck, payments if made got the dead and early cremation, even in death no one gave up the opportunity to make a fast buck.

Social media like Facebook was daily filled with obituaries of people who had succumbed to covid, of course soon to be forgotten. This made no difference to the wolves in the system whose only aim was to find newer avenues to make more money. Suppliers of plastic death bags too were happy at the increasing deaths; they could sell more at a cost they and the system decided.

The silver lining in the whole situation was the advent of the vaccines, the scientist worked overtime to get them ready, excellent research by them. The manufacturers got their work going fast, were able to provide succor to a frightened population. Of course, they shall make their profits but one thing is certain, they kept the prices affordable. At least they did not take advantage of the situation, thank God for this.

All said and done covid played havoc with lives of many families while it came as boon to others. Who is to blame, China? The virus? God? Or the system of the country and state?

Answers to this cannot be readily got, but the human being’s natural instinct of greed to make more and more money by whatever means without respect for lives of their own brethren is the root cause for the suffering during this pandemic.

Whether it, the virus and the illness itself could have been prevented or controlled is another debate.

One thing is for sure, had the political class left the management of the pandemic in the hands of the medical fraternity rather than the bureaucrats , the picture would have been different

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