By Ninong Ering
In a serious effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country. “Every state, every district, every lane, every village will be under lockdown’’ Mr. Modi said. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India stands at 564. Twelve people have succumbed to the virus till now.
Nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, and around 17,000 have died. The death toll in India reached 12, with one person each succumbing to the infection in Delhi and in Maharashtra on Tuesday, and in Tamil Nadu early Wednesday.
The pandemic is a huge challenge to every country be it the U.S or any large economy. Even Italy which has world-class health system is struggling to fight against the virus.
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I support the Prime Minister’s statement “Draw a Lakman Rekha outside your house door and do not step outside of it.” Staying at home is a major battle against coronavirus,’’. India on Tuesday reported 564 positive cases with the maximum number of cases in Kerala and Maharashtra crossing 100. As per the government’s report, Rs.15000 crore has been allotted to purchase the personal protection equipments for health care workers, setting up testing laboratories and quarantine centers.
Government of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Government of India is in constant touch and they are arranging isolation ward in several district hospital and wherever necessary. A Rapid Response Team at state level and district level has been constituted. For this, five districts have been selected where the facilities and isolation ward has been kept ready in case of any case is detected. The districts are Papum Pare, Namsai, Tirap, West Kameng and East Siang district. The surveillance team is monitoring round the clock. Team of doctors is on training at New Delhi and accordinly they are to train other doctors once back to the state.
In present scenario I believe that this disease too can be defeated if we remain at home and maintain all basic hygiene. It’s a matter of satisfaction that we Indians have sincerely followed the lockdown and hopefully it will break the chain of coronavirus. People are advised not to get panic regarding the availability of the essential commodities. There will be no supply cut in any such services.
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The most worrying part of the episode is “there is currently no vaccine to prevent the corona virus disease COVID-19. The best way to tackle the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus can be spread from person-to-person via close contact within 6 feet and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Take stringent steps to protect yourself. Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick and maintain distance between yourself and other person if COVID-19 is spreading in your area.
Countrymen are also suggested to take steps to protect neighbours and other citizens. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in trash and if soaps and water are no readily available , clean your hands with sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a mask if you are sick. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because if causes trouble in breathing),then you should do your best to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and others should wear a mask when they enter your room. You do not wear a mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. Cleaning and disinfecting is important daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desk, phones, keyboards, toilets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty clean them and use detergents or soaps and water prior to disinfection. As COVID-19 the disease caused by the virus spreads, government, businesses and individuals around the world have undertaken unprecedented, wartime-esqe measures.
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Countries have been put into lockdown, schools closed, events canceled, factories shutdown, millions told to work from home. No economic cost is too big to stem the spread of the disease.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advise given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe!
(The writer is MLA from Arunachal Pradesh and former Union Minister)