The Covid-19 Spread: How the situation in District Poonch was brought under the buckles!
By: M S Nazki
It was a multi pronged strategy, the awareness campaign was launched by the Indian Army, the Jammu and Kashmir Police kept the people indoors and the District administration was on the ball round the clock with no letups!
- This is a story of determination and cooperation of the people and the men in uniform and the administration who ensured that things were kept tight under the lid.
- The virus was walloping humanity Nationwide and it had taken UT Jammu and Kashmir by storm. It was mowing down people like a hail destroying a fully blossoming vegetable crop.
- The basic problem was that the health infrastructure had been stretched and therefore the only great and possible option was to avoid the virus and for that certain protocols had been set.
- They were nothing but the same that had been told and retold over and over again last year when the first wave came in.
- Sanitizing of hands, masks, social distances everything we knew but in a sudden enthusiasm of feeling free we forgot everything and the result has been a disaster of epic proportions so far.
- People have died in the Nation without being treated. It was a nightmare, a painful journey which we saw and felt as many of us lost our near and dear ones too.
- But in District Poonch the people were determined to ward off the virus. In fact they did very well with Deputy Commissioner Inderjeet pulling the strings in a manner they should have been.
- There had to be no option but a strict lockdown as it was in other Districts in Jammu and Kashmir. The reason for this was that the vicious chain of the virus spread had to be broken. If that was not broken infections would have continued to mount and the death rate would have been colossal by now.
- But hat’s off to the people as they understood the grim situation prevailing and followed the administrative orders percolating down the channel.
- The result of all this was that the infection rate and death rate in District Poonch is under control as compared to other places n the state.
- These people did nothing special or spectacular but kept following the instructions trickling down from the Administration, medical bulletins from District and Sub District Hospitals, awareness lectures of Indian Army and the parameters laid down by the Jaammu and Kashmir Police.
- Following them was a surefire way to safety and not following them well the peril was always of humanity as we saw as to what happened in the nation. It was a ruthless carnage unleashed by the virus.
Well we are all seeing as to what is happening in the devastating second wave. The doctors, nurses, paramedic staff and others are fighting it out and gamely carrying along. They know that they cannot give in because on them is the cherished hope of survival. What is beyond them they cannot do in fact no one can but what we the people can do we should do? We did not do it when everything opened up and the virus simply shattered our larger than life image we had created for ourselves. We were nothing more than hollow earthen pots. As a reminder this was what the situation was like in India, UT J&K included:
*The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a stark gap in wealth inequality between India’s rich and poor. While the deadly coronavirus has spared none, its impact on the poorer population has been way more devastating.
*Poorer families are suffering more during the second Covid-19 wave of the pandemic due to lack of accessibility and limited financial resources. They simply cannot afford some sort of assuring treatment.
- While ultra-rich Indians have successfully managed to distance themselves from the growing health crisis, a majority of the population, even middle and upper-middle-income families have been forced to deal with the Covid-19 crisis with limited resources.
- Everyone is making money. Either you get treated or you eat food? Prices have gone out of hands and by the day the cost of food is increasing. There is simply no check on essentials. And who will do so?
*The population is struggling to get access to healthcare in the middle of the ongoing crisis. It seems the first wave of the pandemic widened the wealth gap in India and the second wave exposed it.
*While the economic impact of the second wave remains to be seen, the rising income inequality is one reason why the poor are finding it hard to proper healthcare access during the ongoing crisis.
*It is no secret that only a fraction of the population have been able to get proper treatment during the raging second Covid-19 wave while thousands of families are struggling, running pillar to post to even secure a hospital bed for their loved ones.
*What makes the impact of the second wave on the poor worse is the lack of official government channels to provide support during this emergency be it hospitalization or procurement of critical drugs and oxygen.
*One of the key reasons behind inadequate facilities at government-run hospitals is the fact that India’s spending on public healthcare still remains one of the lowest in the world.
*The chaos during the second wave of Covid-19 has proved that we need to spend much more to improve its weak public healthcare system. Steps are also needed to provide better social and health security to the poorer families who are facing a much bigger crisis at the moment.
But all said and done the crisis was well handled by the District administration in Poonch. The thing that was immense help was that the people followed the set rules and protocols to the hilt. It was also the month of Ramadan but the way they went about their prayers, gatherings in mosques was commendable. Masks were the order of the say social distancing the thematic undercurrent. It was followed the way it should and thus the virus could not take much of a flight here. The religious leaders were in the forefront and were pestering and scolding those who were not following the laid down procedures. In fact some were sent home in case they were adamant. Friday speeches were brief and to the point. With such strictures initiated by the people themselves the virus could not have done much. It did infect people but many recovered after mandatory isolations. That is why the Deputy Commissioner Poonch Inderjeet is a happy and satisfied man? The people fully cooperated, lesser the infections better the health of the District? Positivity rate is less, death rate is less, lockdowns are in place to break the chain, maximum positive cases have recovered, working cells have been set up for monitoring and testing, oxygen plants one district hospital Poonch and sub district hospital is functional, so are the ventilators and oxygen reactors and there is no dearth of the cylinders. A system of home delivery arrangements for pregnant women have been established and is functioning extremely well and smoothly. In fact the District Police Poonch under SSP Dr. Vinod Kumar too has deftly involved itself to fight the rampaging second wave!
From the very beginning we have been telling you that this virus does not come to you. It is we who go to it by crowding around each other. Trust me if in the crowd one person is a carrier then be rest assured that soon it would be in multiples of fifty. That is what exactly happened and we were caught with our feet in cement and in a vicious horrifying ring! But not so the case in District Poonch! All that can be said is well done by the people, the administration and all those involved in the big fight!