Covid-19: Crises & Concerns

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Time again the ugly tentacles of lockdown are hovering upon us. We are used to the stale routine since last 3 decades. I bet, no one can adapt to the prevailing situation better than us. We are the worst victims of its crippling effects but we have always remained firm and faithful. Pains and prisons are not new to us but we do celebrate the little joys of life. We had a respite with the arrival of spring. Of course, we hoped for the return of normalcy and resumed our work  after  7 months of clamp down, but unfortunately there was something else destined for us. No one could have thought in their far fetched dreams that covid-19 could spread so fast and imprisoned the whole world .The fears and uncertainties are looming large and none of us know for how long it will continue. Till 4th April , there had been 59,000 Death, 1 Million are worldwide infected cases. Questions are popping  up to make us restless.  Shouldn’t we understand it deeply? Can we afford to overlook it and let loose the knot?. Better to be safe than be the source of vexation to plague.

We get what we deserve. Good begets good, evil begets evil. Shouldn’t we look at the bigger picture? How can we forget the terror that has been unleashed  on the people of Yemen, Iraq, Palestian, Libya, Afghanistan, Kashmir. The blood of innocents is being spilled everywhere. How can we ignore those sufferings and claim to be the champions of humanity. The covid – 19 pandemic is the blow to the arrogant humans. Many are damn sure it can be the  tactics of biological war but for believers it’s the wrath from Almighty as we have failed to rise above our differences and fight for injustice. In the past, when any calamity struck the humans, we would take refuge in mosques to seek the mercy of Allah .Now, see how we have to pay for our brutalities that even the mercies of Allah are closed for us.It is an Irony, fatal and life threatening if we assemble and pray together. Do we feel that we don’t have any hand in it. Not only humans, we are over exploiting nature, animals and ravaging them to death. Now this covid – 19 is the payout of our misdeeds.

This pandemic is pushing the developed countries on their knees. They have the excellent medical infrastructure, scientists, specialists but ground reality is very astonishing which is hard to swallow. The daily death toll in Spain, Italy and other advanced countries is in hundreds. If it is not stopped now, it won’t take much time like a nuclear fusion, to engulf and explode the whole world.

On 26th March, there was the first corona virus death in valley. The situation in JK might not seem that gloomy but still we have to understand neither we have infrastructure nor intellectual capabilities to combat this disaster. Remember, our easy going attitude can prove very fatal, if we don’t work as per the guidelines. In this global fight, the administrators at the helm of affairs are doing commendable job. Its worth mentioning the way DC Srinagar Mr.Shahid Chaudhary and mayor Mr. Junaid Mattu took the lead and put the proactive measures in place at the right time. The whole administration is on tenterhooks to contain the situation. The government is doing its job in the best possible ways and means but we have to see the things beyond the covid-19 pandemic. Our role and responsibilities are equally important so as to facilitate the ground work and rethink on the following aspects.

Realize And Reflect:

We are seeing the fatalities of this pandemic. If we keenly analyze the data, we will be surprised to find that even the young healthy people have  succumbed to this dangerous virus. There is no  discrimination between religions, regions, rich or poor, young or old, good or bad. Surprisingly Francisco Garcia was 21 year Spanish soccer coach became its victim and even Prince Charles was tested positive. From Wuhan to Tehran, Italy, india, spain, saudia, thousands of people lost their lives. It has spread across 186 countries and there are around  3500-4000 daily deaths . Doesn’t it leave us with so many questions to ask ourselves. This scary virus has shown us the mirror of reality and shaken our existence.

Screening:

From the last week of Feb 20, laborers from Bihar are coming to the valley and resuming their work. Laborers and beggars are roaming freely in the streets. It is pertinent to mention here, they can be the  potential carriers of the Covid as well. Why  they were not screened at a very first place?.Its our moral duty to report the suspicious cases . Morever we should be vigilant on all those passenger vehicles which are coming from outside

Why a Lock Down Works.

Data As on 24th  March China India USA
Date Of First Death 11th Jan 12th March 29th Feb
Date Of Lockdown 23rd Jan 23rd March 22nd March
Deaths At Lockdown 17 9 21
Cases  At Lockdown 574 433 33,300
Extent Of Lockdown Wuhan ,Hubei All States, UTS Partial
People In Lockdown 9 ML,Only wuhan 750 ML 75 ML

From the above figures, it’s clear that china was the epicenter of the covid. They acted very promptly and controlled it within a short period of time. On the other hand USA showed indifference and acted after 21 days which became the reason for over 2.7 Lacs infected cases and 7400 deaths. The key here is the time which is the deciding factor to contain the situation. If we show sluggishness to act, things can turn very ugly and grave. The sooner we act, the better it will be for all of us. On 24th March 20,PM Modi’s announcement of 21Days lockdown period is the right and highly appreciable step. Go out when it’s only necessary and urgent. Maintan the distance at the groceries and pharmacies. Take necessary precautions and pledge to break the chain.

Help Others:

This pandemic has rippling effect on the global economy. Since last 8 months, we  are facing the worst economic crisis. Our tourism sector, Arts and crafts, Agriculture ,other sectors are in shambles. We don’t have an organized   private sector to rely upon. It would be better  for us to look at those who suffer grievously and help them rather than indulge insanely in preparing the ‘Bundarr feasts. It’s gross to see many nagging philanthropists sharing and shaming their relief distribution pictures on the social media.

Market Check:

In coming days, things are going to be very difficult. The markets are crushing. Supplies are affected due to logistic barriers. This is the main for the spike in prices for the food items. The government should act very tough to keep the prices under check and punish those who restore to hoarding.

Lest We Forget…

The world has come stand still due to the  covid spread but we cannot stop learning and  compromise on education. Our children are badly suffering from last 8 months. The only avenue left for them to learn is the 2G Internet which unfortunately is running at a snails pace .They already have lost the precious time of their academic session and future is not promising as well. Tele lectures, video conferencing, can be very handy and possible only when there is immediate restoration of the 4G services. Unfortunately the decision has been  deffered till 15th April.

Let’s not forget, our foot soldiers, field functionaries of the SMC are out there toiling very hard to prevent and tackle the situation. The installation of disinfectant tunnel at CD Hospital is the paramount need of the hour to curb the outbreak. So far it has been the  best sanitation initiative to safeguard both doctors and patients. Journalists have been instrumental from the day one to facilitate the grassroots crusade. Employees of Finance Dept, JK Bank, Nodal officers, Tehsildars, and other essential services are still attending their work assignments, so that we won’t suffer. Let’s do our bit as well, by self isolation, social distancing and put a least burden on the administration.

The role of police is highly appreciable in these testing times for executing the restrictions in letter and spirit. For maintaining social distance, the novel idea of lime marking  outside the entrance of pharmacies, ATM’S and  groceries initiated by the newly appointed SP Ganderbal Mr. Firoz Yehya has not  been applauded only but people are actuating it in other districts as well.

Lastly, we should be highly indebted to our doctors and Para medical staffs who are putting up a brave front. They are the most vulnerable but they haven’t given up. They are working tirelessly without adequate resources and infrastructure. In this regard, the tireless efforts of valley’s renowned chest specialist Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah are praise worthy for managing with the meagre resources. Not only that but his positive attitude has given us hopes that no matter what, we will fight and overcome this monster.

Let’s do our bit and  ensure that  those at the frontline are provided with proper protective gear and housing facility, so that their families cannot be put at risk. On 26th March, Skiims telephonic consultation announcement is the welcome move. Let’s not create unnecessary burden on them.Their safety is our safety. Hats off to our Heroes!

Remember, these are not the ordinary crises, only our patience and precautions can help us to win this big battle.