In continuation with the ongoing discussions on the Rural Realities and the health situation around the country, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi organized a panel discussion on “Rural Realities | Maharashtra Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on May 13, 2021.
The IMPRI team informed the discussion by locating for the event participants the situation of COVID-19 in India and Maharashtra. The team also provided an insight into the geography and Socio economic conditions of the state. The rationale was to provide the participants with an overview of the state of Maharashtra.
Dr. Arun Gadre, Head, SATHI CEHAT, Pune, pointed that COVID-19 has shattered the middle class. There is a paradox of equality. It is an opportunity to pitch for Universal health care. Out of pocket expenditure on health has increased. Private sector was absent in the first wave, a big burden on public health system. Lack of resources is a major issue. 80% people getting admitted in private sector. Awareness is very low in rural areas. We have to come together to save lives and be action oriented.