As India reports record high daily covid-19 cases and deaths, a group of leading doctors say India must stop mass gatherings and consider postponing its forthcoming elections.
In an open letter to The BMJ, Trustees of South Asian Health Foundation say it is time to consider whether the benefits of a lockdown outweigh the benefits of an immediate election.
Perhaps it is also now time to reprioritise India’s commitment to universal healthcare (care based on need and not ability to pay) and to reinvigorate its public health spending, they write.
Their response is part of a wider call to action on global inequalities, including:
“Total indirect deaths related to covid-19 due to disruptions in care, access to care and poverty are likely to kill more patients than the pandemic itself,” they argue.
“Whilst history tells us that action and inaction has resulted in global inequity and iniquity, it is now time to define which actions and inactions we prioritise to drive equity and prosperity during and following the pandemic,” they conclude.
Link to full letter: https://www.bmj.com/
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