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AtouchytopicfortheCentreandStateshasbeenthecountingofthedeadfromCOVID-19.In2020,asthepandemicravagedEuropeandtheU.S.,HealthMinistryofficialswouldincessantlyarguethatIndiahadbettermanagedthepandemicbecauseitsdeathspermillionofpopulationwerecomparativelylower.Whilefactuallytrue,itwasalwaysapparentthattheargumentwasspeciousgiventhesize,demographicdifferenceandIndia’spercapitaaccesstoqualityhealthcare.Buttheferocioussecondwave,inAprilandMay,characterisedbytheveryvisiblescenarioofhospitalsbeingoverrun,andthesickgaspingforaverybasicnecessityofmedicaloxygen,revealedaspikeinexcessdeaths,comparedtothenormaldeathrateinpreviousyears.Eventhoughindependentdatabases,suchastheCRSandStaterecords,showlargespikesindeaths,withnootherexplicablecauseotherthanCOVID-19,theCentrecontinuestobeindenialofthemortalscaleofthepandemic.Tuesday’sstatementbyBharatiPravinPawar,MinisterofStateforHealthandFamilyWelfare,intheRajyaSabha,thattherewereno“specificreports”ofdeathsfromStatesduetolackofoxygen,ledCongressleaderK.C.Venugopal,tosaythepartywillmoveaprivilegemotionagainsther. Indeed,itistheabsolutelackofempathyoracknowledgementofthelivedexperienceofmanywhohavewatchedtheirclosestsufferanddieforwantofmedicaloxygenthatmakestheMinister’sstatementappalling.ItistechnicallytruethatwhilenodeathcertificateormedicalrecordwouldnoteaCOVID-19patient’sdemiseasdueto“lackofoxygen”,andthereforenotcausative,theveryfactthattheCentremovedinApril-Maytorepurposeallitsindustrialoxygencapacityintoproducingandtransportingmedicalgradeoxygenisitselfevidencethattheinabilitytoaccessitmustbeconsideredasaprobablecauseofdeath.Intheearlydaysofthepandemic,aCOVID-positivetestwasnecessarytocountasaCOVID-19deathuntiltheICMRsaiditwasnotalwaysrequired.ItisbewilderingwhyIndiawiththethirdhighestnumberofCOVID-19deathsglobally,whoseoxygencrisiswasinternationalnews,andmortalityfiguresconsideredanunder-countseesvalueindenyingoxygen-shortagecasualties.Counter-productively,itdiminishespublicfaithinthehealth-caresystem.India’sleadershipsoughttoconveytheimpressionthatthecountryhadconqueredthepandemicandchastenedbythesecondwaveisnowadvisingabundantcaution,withthepublicmessagingfocusedonthepossibilityofathirdwave,andhownearlyathirdofthepopulationcontinuestobevulnerableaspertheICMR’sfourthserologysurvey.Butdiminishingthetragedy,especiallyinParliamentandinitsofficialrecords,onlyfurthererodestheGovernment’scredibility.
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