Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Every night on this mini-cast I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m considering this question: how do we balance legitimate concerns about other diseases in the face of an epidemic?
Mint’s Data Editor Pramit Bhattacharya sent me these lines today from a letter written by Soham D Bhaduri, a Mumbai-based doctor and editor of the medical journal ‘The Indian Practitioner’, to the editor of The India Forum. I’ve linked to his whole letter: https://www.theindiaforum.in/letters/tilted-discourse-india-s-covid-19-response
Some recent writing by Dr Madhukar Pai, Director of Global Health at McGill University in Montreal, and Director of the McGill International Tuberculosis Centre: https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2020/03/17/covid-19-and-tuberculosis-we-need-a-damage-control-plan/#3f48dfe9295c
Abantika Ghosh from the Indian Express writes about the fall in TB case notifications: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/tuberculosis-cases-drop-amid-lockdown-coronavirus-covid-19-6368736/
Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. Tomorrow — a new question.