In the last 500 years, 15 pandemics of the flu have spread. Of these, the epidemics that spread after 1890 have been investigated scientifically. Not only this, monitoring of ‘Asian flu’ of 1957 and ‘Hong Kong flu’ of 1968 was done much better than modern scientific measures, while the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 lagged behind in this case. There was no institution like the World Health Organization at that time and efforts were on to check out the outbreak of new diseases. Currently, the Covid-19 corona virus released from Wuhan is a new epidemic declared by the World Health Organization, which has spread worldwide in a short time. However, the interesting similarity between the two timelines is that advocacy of social distancing measures such as isolation, quarantining, use of masks, hand washing, prevention of congestion in public places and transport is the key to preventing pandemics. done. Relief was never adopted as a lockdown.
Lockdown has actually been a negative term for mills and factories, resulting in layoffs and leading to starvation and poverty. When students at JNU were vocal against the fee-hike, the term came to be known in the Indian public. And today it stands before us in a positive sense, when it is being used as a weapon of war against a global pandemic. However, the question that most of us want to know is, is lockdown the only option to stop this epidemic? If we consider the country’s poor health infrastructure and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), the answer to this question is probably yes.
It was only in February that the lack of mandatory PPE and other materials to counter the threat of Covid-19 became apparent, yet they were not procured. And, as far as the public health framework is concerned, the national health profile released by the government itself – 2019 reveals its crispy picture, which states that the government is just 1.17 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) on public health services. The part is spending, which is being attempted to increase to 2.5 per cent. The Prime Minister said in his address on Tuesday that the ban on the export of surgical gloves and masks.
Until last Friday, health officials have been assuring that there has not been a community spread of Covid-19. But the public curfew was imposed on Sunday 22 March. Most Western countries did not take this step until their community spread was confirmed and the lockdown occurred when the infection was fully spread. So it seems that we have taken these steps in a hurry to show that we are ‘ready’. It is also our acknowledgment in a way that the infrastructure required to deal with this epidemic is ‘bad’.
International flight services were restricted and screening passengers arriving as part of their initial steps. But due to lack of facilities and the mentality of the people, the number of deaths and deaths of the infected people is increasing continuously. The number of corona patients in the country has exceeded five and a half hundred, of which 40 have fully recovered, while 10 have lost their lives. India has fewer infections than other countries. But it seems that the lockdown has been announced because this is the lesson of other countries. But this is not the only step capable of fighting this epidemic. This thing is also evident from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Tuesday.
Given the population and its structure, India cannot afford to enter the third stage of Covid-19. Especially given that there is no proper test system. If all people are screened, the actual number of infected patients may be much higher. Furthermore, as a nation, perhaps we cannot raise our voice or lack of health services like Western countries.
The delay in taking decisions on corrective measures at our place has been due to the assumption that the situation was under control. That is why it is the government’s failure to announce the lockdown without giving people much time to get ready. Due to this, railways, its ancillary services, airlines, shopkeepers, taxi drivers etc. will suffer a lot of damage. No concrete thing has been done so far on how to recover their losses. More than 75 percent of the country’s population belongs to the unorganized sector. In such a situation, apart from handling the economy, the government will also have to ensure that the welfare schemes continue and the working classes of the country, most of whom are also socially backward, get relief for three quarters.
Interestingly, the ‘social distancing’ that is being advocated is in reality physical distance, which is still desperately needed. Anyway, the structural level that society has in itself, it tells that we are historically a society that likes social isolation. But it is worth mentioning here that despite increasing number of infections and deaths, US President Donald Trump is considering ending the ban on movement. In his tweet on 23 March, he wrote clearly that ‘we cannot let the solution get worse than the problem …’. This situation was when the lockdown was just 15 days and the damage was more than that. Clearly, lockdown can be just one way of dealing with the Covid-19, not the best option.