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Rising Covid-19 patients in India

The consistently rising number of Covid-19 infected patients in India, nearing one lac per day, is a cause of grave concern for the country. While ever-swallowing numbers of these patients may be due to expanding and speedy corona test facility to almost every nook and corner of the country with a noble mission of the government at the centre and also that of all states to test each and every Indian as its primary duty in right earnest so as to make the country free from corora pandemic as soon as possible, the huge budget involved for this objective may perhaps be a reason of potent allurement for the continuously up going figures of such patients.

Because the government spends a sizable amount for treatment of each corona patient as per funds allocated with this objective, but given the level of corruption which has indeed entered into the genes and dna of our countrymen, though few of them are still dead-honest, the speedy rising numbers of these patients may be a deliberate ploy or conspiracy to loot the public money earmarked for utilizing expenditure on medicines, food and lodging of the admitted patients in the government hospitals, which normally spreads over to two weeks or more, depending upon the condition of the patient.

Another reason very pertinent in this connection points at common people’s utter disregard to strictly and regularly follow all corona related mandatory protocols and government guidelines in this connection, asking for wearing of masks, maintaining social distance, using sanitizers and observing other necessary precautions with a view to ward off corona virus in all circumstances for one’s own protection as well as that of all others. It is, in fact, a collective responsibility of all of us. Unfortunately, many people are still deliberately and openly hugging or shaking hands with others or continue inviting social gatherings to celebrate events like birth days, parties or ladies kitty party etc., thereby endangering themselves and others as well. This kind of utter disregard against corona virus among most of us is a very serious threat as well as a challenge to the society and also the whole country.

One can recall a female singer in this context who, being corona infected herself, did not observe the required protocol upon her return from abroad and interacted with some of the prominent personalities, including politicians, officers and elites, in many social and community events just few months ago. That obviously led to arouse commotion regarding possible corona infection among all those with whom she had interacted. Fortunately they home quarantined themselves and might have observed other necessary precautions so as to evade any possibility of the infection. Ultimately the singer had to undergo the required treatment in a government hospital for around a month to finally recover from the corona infection. May be due to all such callousness and blatant violation of the corona protocols by most of us, perhaps deliberate in many cases, the rate of corona infection is consistently rising up leading to speedy inflating figures of Corona patients in India.

Fortunately, the recovery rate of corona infected patients in our country if far better as compared to many highly advanced European countries and also that of the US possibly due to feeble type of the aforesaid virus and also due free and better treatment facilities being provided by the governments in the country apart from launching intensive sanitization efforts and better hygiene awareness through popular media and other effective devices.

Notwithstanding all these endeavours by the governments and social organisations, people’s apathy in ignoring and violating the mandatory safety precautions against the corona menace, as is visible in rural areas and even in cities, markets and other community places in all over the country, is indeed the most potent reason behind the inflating numbers in the country. Against this worrisome scenario, the onus to fight the corona epidemic lies not only on the government but inevitably on the entire masses too and they ought to sincerely practice all the essential safety measures as mentioned above in their own interest and also that of the society as well. Thus we the people of Bharat (India) can certainly fight the menace once and for all in a lasting manner. This is possible as nothing is beyond human endeavour.

 

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About the author

Sudhanshu Tripathi

A featured weekly contributor with The Dispatch, Sudhanshu Tripathi is a Professor in Political Science and Director at School of Social Sciences in Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Prayagraj (UP), India. He is author India’s Foreign Policy: Dilemma over Non Alignment 2.0 (2020), NAM and India (2012) and a co-authored book in Hindi Rajnitik Avadharnayein (2001) and have published besides numerous articles and research papers. He was awarded with the SaraswatSamman by Pt. S. R. Institute of Education and Technology (PG College), Pratapgarh (UP), on “Shikshak Divas” (Teacher’s Day) in 2016 and was also honouredthe same in 2019 by Lion’s Club Allahabad Central at UPRTOU, Prayagaraj. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Third Concept journal. The author actively participates in social activities as well. He organized a mass awareness rally in 2011, in the wake of Anna Hazare’s ongoing fast unto death against corruption in New Delhi. He was the President of the Teacher’s Association in MDPG College, Pratapgarh, (UP), during 2013–2017 and was also the Vice-President of the Shikshak Mahasangh in the district unit of Pratapgarh during almost the same period.