Jaume Sanllorente Informs Us About the Second Wave in India
In recent weeks, India has faced one of its worst and most serious moments. The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, quite unexpected by society and institutions as a whole, left the country’s health system in doubt. More than 400,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths a day, were the dramatic data of for days. Some data, which can be questioned, when taking into account the difficulty of registering cases in the most remote rural areas and in the most excluded areas. During those days, the saturation in hospitals left daunting images: shared beds; queues of seriously ill patients at the doors of hospitals; and lack of oxygen and medicines. If we take into account that India had been exporting so far, both oxygen and vaccines to other countries that it is an even more cruel reality. This alarming situation gave rise to a black market for all these products; to harassment and aggression, in many cases, of health personnel and to many deficits in the funeral ceremonies of the thousands of people who lost their lives. To all of them and to their families our deepest condolences.
Facing this situation, from Mumbai Smiles we initiated a series of emergency actions focused especially on obtaining material for hospitals and quarantine centers. Here you can consult the list of donations resulting from collaboration with hospitals such as the BKC Covid Center; Holi Spirit Hospital; Sion Hospital; the Nair Charitable Hospital; and the Mitha Nagar Quarantine Center. Mainly we have donated cardboard beds, oxygen concentrators, monitors, oximeters, body bags, masks, tests, heparin and all kinds of material, which we have been requested and have been able to obtain.
Jaume Sanllorente, our founder and General Director is updating us from Mumbai and reporting on the current situation of the pandemic in India, its impact on the communities we work with and especially on our actions to support them and our roadmap short and medium term in this #EmergenciaIndia video.
After a few tough weeks the case curve has started to slow down. But this decline has been accompanied by a serious proliferation of cases of black, white and yellow fungus, which add complications to a stressed health system and which is also not universal. The treatment of this ailment, which in many cases affects people with previous undiagnosed or untreated pathologies, people in a situation of social exclusion places are at a risk and once again are in the eye of the hurricane.
If we look at the most disadvantaged communities, people have to go out of home t find food for a day and hence, the fight for hunger is inevitable for them. Also it has become crucial to take care of children who are orphan after losing their parents caused by the pandemic. It is an absolute risk for these communities, if we take into account the stalking of the mafias to exploit minors who are very unprotected or to benefit from adoptions in the black market.
At Mumbai Smiles we are committed to focusing our efforts on informing communities and on mass testing and vaccination. As Jaume Sanllorente, founder and General Director of Mumbai Smiles says, “We firmly believe that we can only avoid the disaster of a possible third wave, with mass vaccination. Many people do not know about the existing resources to prevent or treat the disease, or have no way of accessing them, or are not yet directly aware of the disease. For this reason, it is necessary to go door to door to inform the communities in the areas in which we work and offer them information and resources that allow case control, care, and vaccination. The level of ignorance about covid-19, in many communities, is alarming. ”
Currently India has vaccinated 3.3% of the population, but achieving group immunity, in a country with more than 1,366 million inhabitants, can be very slow. So it is necessary to make this process as easy as possible, despite the procedures require are difficult to carry out for the population with fewer resources, and also despite the fact that vaccines are not free and that their cost varies depending on the brands and whether the centers are public or private . It is essential to facilitate access to them and educate the population to encourage them to get vaccinated. This is often an unpopular option due to different factors such as ignorance, hoaxes or lack of resources.
To all this, we add the first hours of the de-escalation of the lockdown, which again leave us images of agglomerations and with the absence of the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, accompanied by heavy rains, due to the monsoons. For all these reasons, from Mumbai Smiles we will continue working on the actions of #EmergencyIndia and in the active search for resources to finance them.
Thanks to all the people, companies, groups and institutions that are supporting our actions in this emergency. Your help is saving lives, we need you!