As the Ebola outbreak continues to surge across the world, the government is increasingly ignoring warnings from the World Health Organisation that the virus is rapidly spreading in India.
The Indian government has refused to admit that the disease has infected more than 2,000 people and is now spreading at a faster rate than ever before, the Times of India reported.
The government has even refused to share data on the death toll, which has spiked to more than 1,500 and the health minister, Dr Arundhati Bhattacharya, has repeatedly insisted that the figures are correct.
The World Health Organization has already issued a dire warning to India, which includes warnings that the Ebola epidemic is moving into a second pandemic and that the country will soon see a “surge” in cases.
But the government has failed to respond.
India has been caught off-guard by the emergence of the virus and is still reeling from the death of a young man who was exposed to it at a public washroom in the capital.
But it has not responded to the WHO’s warning that India is now at “high risk” of Ebola.
The International Federation of Medical Societies (IFMS) said it was “not surprised” that the government was not making the public aware of the outbreak in India, the Hindustan Times reported.
“India has always been in the news for its fast-rising death toll and the increasing numbers of deaths,” the IFMS said.
“However, we are not surprised that the Indian state government has not been sharing the data on its cases, especially when the WHO has recently raised its alert level to ‘High’ to signify a high risk of the pandemic.”
WHO warned that the pandemics spread quickly and that its “global warning system was not adequate to deal with the situation”.
India has seen several new cases of the disease this year.
However, the number of deaths has been growing.
“This is a highly complex and unpredictable epidemic, which could be highly contagious in different regions and time periods,” the WHO said.
India’s Health Minister Jairam Ramesh said that the health ministry had already started to implement measures to combat the spread of the Ebola virus.
“We are already working to establish new isolation centres in our hospitals, as well as the use of isolation units in the health facilities, which are already operational,” he told reporters.
“The main challenge is to ensure that the public is informed of the current situation in the country and the steps we are taking to control the outbreak.”
But Dr Bhattacarya is refusing to acknowledge that the death rate has increased, despite the WHO warning that the outbreak was “fast-moving”.
“This year, we have recorded a death toll of 1,502 cases and 3,611 deaths.
This is an increase of 1.4% over last year,” she said.
In an interview with NDTV, she said the death count was an estimate.
The WHO said it is aware of new cases in India but had no data to show how many new cases were actually coming into the country. “
There has been a significant rise in the number, and the number is increasing,” she added.
The WHO said it is aware of new cases in India but had no data to show how many new cases were actually coming into the country.
The Health Ministry has reportedly refused to provide data on cases, saying the government had not shared the data with the WHO.
But Dr Rameshr has repeatedly stressed that the data is accurate.
India is the world’s second-biggest country after China, with over 6.8 million people and 1.3 million deaths.
India was once the world leader in developing healthcare, but has fallen behind in many ways.
The country has suffered a severe pandemic with a death rate of more than 100 per cent.
India continues to be plagued by the Zika virus, which causes birth defects.