The second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has seen record-highs of over 2,000 deaths and nearly 3 lakh cases recorded on a single day.
Health systems in many parts of the country are completely overwhelmed, reports of oxygen shortage are pouring in, and as cases surge, some States have imposed local lockdowns. The second wave in India is stressing the system to an incredible extent and in so many ways. Patients have been unable to access care because hospitals have been overwhelmed. Outcomes in hospitals have been poor because doctors and nurses are overwhelmed and there is inadequate supply to treat these huge numbers of patients. There has been a lack of medicines, lack of equipment, lack of ventilators and even hospital beds. Finally, the most critical crisis has been the lack of oxygen. Verily, “…and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived” (Qur’an 70:24-5) With the Holy month of Ramadan approached on us in Mid-April and with the second wave of COVID-19 infections peaking by the end of April WMO South India Chapter undertook various projects to support the deprived in this hour of need.
With Lockdown in force no businesses functioning many had and are still facing the heat and hence WMO South India Chapter supported families financially as well as by distribution of food grains and pulses and other essential items during this period.