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Like Monkey Fever & Japanese Encephalitis, Covid-19 has exposed India's state govts' lack of technical strength to respond to public health crises.
There is an environment of mutual distrust among government, hospitals and patients, that existed much before the Covid-19 crisis.
In India, coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in the context of a broken health system. The choice India makes today will determine its future relationship with citizens.
February gave India a valuable lead time as no new cases were recorded while 5,000 cases were reported in over 60 countries, including South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Government estimated there were 1.3 lakh new cases in 2016. Experts say it is an understatement.
NITI Aayog member Dr V.K. Paul tells ThePrint it’s because of a sustained effort put up by Kerala on health, and a good footprint of the private sector.