We, the members of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Medico Friend Circle, strongly condemn the harassment and police brutality meted out to Dr. Sudhakar Rao of Vishakhapatnam. Read full statement- CLICK HERE
The Central Government has persisted with the Lockdown as the main, if not, the only strategy against the spread of COVID-19. Underway since March 25 th , this lock-down has seen two extensions, one on April 20 th and now again on May 3 rd . These one-size-fits-all country-wide lock-downs are badly planned and poorly implemented with measures imposed on the country by the Government using centralizing powers under the Disaster Management Act.
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The Indian government should learn its lessons from the failure of the for-profit private sector and PMJAY to provide any meaningful response during the COVID-19 epidemic and stop promoting the private healthcare sector. Annual health budgets need to increase and the Government should invest money in adding to the capacity of public healthcare facilities and infrastructure instead of giving subsidies to the private sector. This crisis should be a turning point in India’s health policy making, and bring back the centrality of the public health system in ensuring universal health care.
Previous outbreaks of highly infectious communicable diseases have demonstrated that public health outcomes are significantly improved when labour rights are respected, and trade unions are able to effectively represent workers actually exposed and potentially exposed to the disease. The active involvement of health workers’ representatives in government decision-making is necessary to safeguard workplace safety and health and ensure the cost of the crisis is not borne by healthcare personnel.
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This update thus covers developments of the last two weeks. In this document we provide an update on the
- Epidemiology of the corona virus disease.
- Comment on the new public health strategy unveiled this week by Government of India and then discuss the considerations going into the lifting of the lock-down and our position on it.
- We then present the weekly update of our four working groups looking at: access to essential technologies.
- Health system preparedness.
- Lockdown restrictions and concerns of rights and ethics.
- Crisis in livelihoods and government response to it.
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Efforts are being made by the Centre and different States to prepare the health system for the larger number of cases that are expected in the coming weeks, discussions are underway on whether the present lockdown should be extended, perhaps till the end of April. In this context, a detailed review of the present lockdown, its achievements and weaknesses, particularly regarding implementation, is called for.
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On the occasion of World Health Day, JSA and AIPSN seek to draw attention to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and the Government’s response to it. There are three inter-related crises at play at this time:
– a public health crisis due to gaps in the COVID19 strategy
– a high level of stigmatization and brutality in the anti-COVID19 measures
– a social and economic crisis precipitated by the nation-wide lockdown
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Recommendations for Prisons in light of the COVID19 pandemic by JSA and AIPSN.
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In this update we cover the following themes: