India Battles COVID19
COVID-19 has affected most of the Indian states and current statistics are provided here:
Covid India As On: 11 April 2020, 08:00 GMT+5:30
Active Cases: 6565 Cured/Discharged: 642 Migrated: 1 Deaths: 239
(Statistics as per – https://www.mygov.in/corona-data/covid19-statewise-status)
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Government Measures to counter the Pandemic
Indian Government had directed all the 30 States and UTs to go for a Complete Lockdown till April 14th to stop the wild spread of COVID-19. This has played a large part in containing the community spread of the disease. Many states have opted for an extension of this Lockdown at least till April End.
Relief Measures rolled out –
Government of India has earmarked a relief package worth Rs. 1.7 lakh crore to be used for the benefit of the needy during this critical situation. This relief package would aid close to 80 crore people during this lockdown situation. This includes insurance cover upto Rs 50 lakh for people working in healthcare for the next three months. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana the beneficiaries will receive five kg of rice/wheat for a period of three months.
The Tamil Nadu Government has rolled out many schemes like distribution of free ration (cereals, pulses, sugar, and cooking oil) during the month of April 2020 to all ration card householders, cash payment of Rs. 1,000 for each ration card and many more. Apart from this the Government has identified needy sections of the society like families of Migrant workers, auto rickshaw drivers, construction workers, registered payment hawkers, etc., for receiving Rs 1,000 and also 15 kgs of rice, 1 kg of dal, and free cooking oil. Government has also made arrangements to deliver cooked food to the elderly and the destitute. Amma Canteens in different parts of the city function efficiently to provide quality food to benefit the diners.
Strict protocols for Hospitals handling COVID19 patients
Right from the transportation of COVID19 suspects/patients to the hospitals using designated ambulances to their treatment, there are strict protocols that have been imposed by the Government. Only designated ambulances can transport the patients and they are thoroughly disinfected and isolation wards/rooms are set up for treatment of the patients. All the health care professionals handling the patients wear adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of infection. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has laid out specific guidelines for Isolation, Quarantine, treatment and subsequent discharge of patients.
The Role of a Responsible Citizen
The Success of the Government measures in fighting this pandemic lies in the hands of the nation’s Citizen. As responsible citizens –
- One should report to the Government agency in case of Recent International Travel (reached India after Januray2020), and self-quarantine for the specified period.
- One should Chose to Stay at Home and Stay Safe
- Wear a Mask & Ensure Social Distancing at times while stepping out of home to acquire essential commodities.
- On Experiencing symptoms of Cold one Should
- Self-quarantine and stay away from other family members.
- Take adequate rest, consume plenty of fluids and keep warm
- Should seek immediate medical help on experiencing symptoms such as Throat infection, Fever, Body Pain and difficulty in breathing. These symptoms should not be neglected and immediate medical help is mandatory.
The Real Heroes in the time of Disaster –
The battle against COVI19 has brought the real heroes of the Nation to the fore. Health care professionals like doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and all hospital support staff provide their service round the clock to ensure quality health care to all the needy. Bank employees work in shifts and provide the vital service to ensure adequate cash flow exists with people in times of need. Sanitation workers, Delivery executives, essential suppliers like Pharmacists, grocers work braving many odds to ensure people a smooth, safe and secure living in this hour of crisis. Responsible citizens of the nation play a crucial part in this battle as they help contain the spread of this infection by choosing to stay home and play their part.