Caritas India & MMSSS’s Combined Initiative in Response to Covid – 19 Second Wave
It has been more than a Year and a Half since the COVID-19 pandemic penetrated to the deepest core of human civilization and made us realize the supremacy of Mother Nature. In India, after the first wave, we thought that we had gained control of the situation but the second wave found us inadequate for fundamental requirements such as Oxygen and Medical equipments. Covid-19’s second wave has put India’s healthcare ecosystem under extreme strain. Unfortunately, the current approach in the healthcare sector appears to be ‘business as usual’ and the real threat has been that the Policy Administrators have overestimated their ability and underestimated the Virus. As a result the Indian Citizens have taken the Virus lightly and not followed the strict compliances towards Covid-19 with peculiar behavior. Poor people are at higher risk of death because they cannot access and/or afford advanced care to save their lives. With the anticipation that the situation will considerably improve on the Medical side and it is time to assess the impact of the second wave. During the first phase of the pandemic, MMSSS was capable to provide relief assistance to 5000 members of the various Parishes with the assistance received from the Archdiocese of Madurai and Well-wisher with dry rations worth of Rupees Five Lakhs only.
To compete with the Second wave Caritas India through MMSSS, together came forward to initiate a Second Level Treatment Centre – SLTC with Madurai MSSS- Leonard Hospital, Batlagundu, Dindigul DistrictThis 300 bedded Hospital generally cater to the needs of the Inpatients and Outpatients from the interior villages of Dindigul and Kodaikanal is expected that a total No of 300 Covid patients to be treated in 90 days with the Financial support from Caritas India to procure the following items.