The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is at large even in first-world nations like the USA, Italy, UK, Germany and so on. These countries are considered to have a good healthcare system but still failed. How did Japan and Korea put a stop to the spread? And what could we learn from them?
By the ongoing situation, thousands of Indians might end up in the hospitals and need care in an ICU. But in reality, India has a very poor ratio of hospital beds per 1,000 people when compared to countries like Japan and South Korea according to data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Japan and South Korea lead the chart with 13.1 beds per 1,000 people whereas India only has 0.5 beds per 1,000 people, even the United States is not very far from India with only 2.8 beds per 1,000 people.
India is one of the densely populated countries in the world which only increases the risk of such pandemic spread. For treating outrageous pandemics like the Coronavirus, Hospitals need special rooms known as negative pressure rooms that can isolate people with contagious diseases. These Negative pressure rooms are equipped with ICU equipment like beds, ventilators, etc.,
With this terrorizing of the Coronavirus, we have realized the lack of healthcare facilities our country is facing. With increasing cases, hospitals are stumbling with the problem of lack of space and Hospital beds for the patients. With this, it is evident that we must increase the number of hospital facilities available to the ratio of the population of a country in order to prevent these types of outbreaks which have greatly affected the economy.
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