[Editorial Analysis] Securing caregivers

Mains Paper 2: National
Prelims level: Not much
Mains level: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education

Context:

• On Sunday, Joginder Chaudhary, a junior resident doctor at Delhi’s Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, lost his month-long battle with the novel coronavirus.

• That he was only 27, reportedly an athletic person without any co-morbidity, speaks of the unpredictable ways of the virus — young people, especially those who do not suffer any chronic ailments, are generally deemed less vulnerable to COVID-19.

No government data:

• Chaudhary was placed under home quarantine initially, but the young physician’s condition deteriorated after he complained of breathing difficulties.

• The capital’s medical fraternity had come together to pool in money for their colleague’s treatment at a private medical facility.

• But financial insecurity is just one of the risks that many workers at the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus — especially nurses and junior medicos like Chaudhary — face.

• Reports have indicated insufficient protective gear, failure to receive timely treatment, deviation from safety protocols and unexpected deterioration of condition — like in the case of the young Delhi doctor — as reasons for doctors’ deaths.

• But there is no government data on the healthcare workers who have succumbed to the coronavirus.

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Prelims Questions:

Q.1) With reference to the Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE) national programme, consider the following statements:

1. It is a joint initiative of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

2. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is under the union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

Mains Questions:

Q.1) The Indian healthcare system needs to go through a radical overhauling, where it can be more sustainable as well as responsive to the citizens. Examine.

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