What largely remains a blind spot in India’s crisis is rural India where 70% of the country's population resides.
Home to the largest population of India, the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, were already most vulnerable with inadequate testing facilities, and healthcare. A rising crisis of an acute shortage of basic medicines to treat Covid-19 has further crumbled the very few health care services in these villages. The growing fear of ‘Viral fever’ has left the villagers helpless.
Rural areas are far from getting oxygen cylinders, a large majority of the population in villages are succumbing to death due to medicine shortage to treat even the mildest symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever. Lack of or limited access to testing capabilities means a large majority of cases are neither detected nor recorded. With no access to even the most basic of medicines like Paracetamol, Zinc, Vitamin C, Antibiotics along with the absence of oximeters and thermal scanners, etc, the handful of community health workers are left powerless and burdened against the growing cases.
The medical fraternity continues to highlight that the most common symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, etc can be treated at home with routine antibiotics. According to WHO, 80 percent of people recover from Covid-19 without needing hospital treatment. With either no health care centers or collapsed ones, most of the common symptoms of COVID-19 cases are failing to be treated, leading to unprecedented deaths in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.
The need for basic Covid-19 medicines for rural villages of Uttar Pradesh is grave and urgent. Milaan with its interventions in villages of 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh is addressing the scarcity of COVID-19 medicines by leveraging its local network.
We are supporting government community health centers, and community health workers, with 10,000 medicine kits consisting of the most essential medicines required to treat covid-19 affected patients in home isolation, prescribed by the Chief Medical Officer’s office in Lucknow.
In the first phase of the project, we would cater to the population of 100,000+ in villages of Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh where 84% of the population is under the poverty line. The procurement and distribution cost of each kit is INR 200.
This is just the tip of the iceberg to what lies ahead for rural villages as the government's top scientist claims that a third wave is inevitable. With big cities falling to respond to the aggression of the pandemic, India’s rural population is far behind from even being heard.
We’re requesting you to hear this cry out and support us in responding to this critical crisis. Every contribution towards the emergency funds required will help us in the procurement and distribution of medicine kits to the most vulnerable and affected villages.