Since yesterday the spike in Goa’s COVID figures has made many of us jittery and why not? From no cases to over 30 patients in Goa, where did we cross the line?
Just last week right on this same platform I had raised a concern if Goa had underestimated COVID threat by allowing inflow of people and here we are today with ever-growing figures. And those of us who think, well there are just imported cases and have been traced just before entering Goa, we must introspect whether this is the right way to look at it.
FEAR NO 1:
Some of these cases are those arriving in trains from red-zone, while it was the testing team that did a great job by isolating them just at the railway stations, what about the fellow asymptomatic patients sent home. That raises fear no. 2
FEAR NO 2:
How trustworthy is home quarantine?
According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, a person under Home Quarantine should strictly follow under rules
- Stay in a well-ventilated single-room preferably with an attached/separate toilet.
- If another family member needs to stay in the same room, it’s advisable to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter between the two.
- Needs to stay away from elderly people, pregnant women, children and persons with co-morbidities within the household. Page 2 of 3
- Restrict his/her movement within the house.
Let’s ask ourselves if this is feasible to practice in all households? If not, shouldn’t there be an alternate arrangement?
FEAR NO 3:
While we completely appreciate the efforts by the administration, it’s time we ask ourselves if we are equipped to handle more cases than these? Can the state government burden our health workers?
Because more burden in Corona related cases also adversely affects health services in other ailments.
FEAR NO 4:
Can we easy ourselves by claiming all cases are traced? especially when a lot of people are still trying to sneak into our borders. At a time when Goans have resumed going back to offices, this threat multiplies. In my last article https://goanewshub.com/has-goa-underestimated-covid-threat/ I had also mentioned how private buses are crowding up themselves and whether the offices are maintaining the rule of social distancing within their premises.
FEAR NO 5:
And of course, another flashpoint is upcoming exams of SSC and HSSC, as of now the CM seems firm to go by the schedule, but are we putting our children at risk by making them vulnerable. How about those students who live on the borders of the state. How are they going to ensure their safety considering the numbers of COVID positive cases are going up by the day.
MEASURES TO COMBAT CRISIS?
COVID is here to stay for some more time and popular opinion is that lockdown is not a permanent solution however, there are some issues that Government of Goa should immediately take a call on.
Considering our neighbouring states are in the red zone, can we let more people in?
Is our infrastructure in place to handling rising Corona cases while equally paying attention to other patients of other ailments?
Can we make our students vulnerable by holding exams in such circumstances?
Can we have some advisory in place for public transport with strict action against violators?
Can we, for now, stop more people from coming in into our state until we see recoveries of the existing cases?
PEOPLE’S RESPONSIBILITY TOO
Lastly, lets accept it’s our responsibility too. Those under home quarantine should abide by the rules and get themselves checked after 14 days. We should also not stigmatise those affected with the virus as this is making matters more difficult. Private shops, bus owners should practice social distancing as masks alone won’t save lives.