No one anticipated that the novel coronavirus, first reported in China in December 2019,
would become a global pandemic and alter the way our world works, forever. In India, the
out break of SARS-CoV-2 blatantly exposed the vulnerabilities of our healthcare system, with the scarcity of hospital beds being a major concern during the first two waves of the viral infection.
Niti Aayog reports that 65% of hospital beds in India cater to 50% of the population, while the other half is dependent on the remaining 35% of hospital beds. This is brought on by pronounced regional disparities in India's healthcare system. There are stark differences in healthcare infrastructure development between urban and rural areas, as well as between different states. According to the Human Development Index 2020, India has merely 5 hospital beds and 8.6 physicians per 10,000 people. The country ranks only 155th on the Global Health Index.  With a population of more than 1.38 billion, India's healthcare infrastructure is woefully inadequate.
Due to a severe shortage of hospital beds, as well as to ease overcrowding in hospitals,
many patients were advised to use homecare services during . . .