Struck by diabetes, my friend needs to take doses of insulin through injections everyday. This has given rise to a new kind of conflict or rather a war between us, between pain and health. While I have to force her to finally take the injection for the sake of her health, her struggle to face the pain and her fear of getting other additional diseases via the injection each time she visits the doctor raises some serious questions about the injection practices that are prevalent in India. These practices have turned the‘injection’- from the savior of lives to a ‘ harbinger of various diseases’.
Communicable diseases ranging from HIV to Hepatitis are on a rise in India. While there are other reasons as well, one of the major reasons is its transmission due to reuse of injections that takes away thousands of innocent lives. A probable solution to these unsafe injection practices is a revolution wherein every medical facility switches to single-use injections that break after using once thereby, ensuring complete safety.
Some of the unsafe injection practices that are still reported in the country include: