India is fighting the second wave the Covid pandemic. It is hazardous for citizens of our country. Both our medical system and government system have collapsed. Every day, over four lakh new Covid cases are reported in the country. And this is the number when there are no proper testing centres in many rural parts of the country.
We are tackling the second wave crisis and offering solutions on ground and at the level of municipal corporation with the help of social media, internet and young volunteers. We are listening about problems from everywhere, but there is no solution.
Here are a few ways to tackle with the healthcare crisis.
Firstly, we have to make call centres in every ward or village where we can employ trained volunteers to attend and guide people regarding Covid. I am making it clear that it can be done with the help of local leaders and government bodies. We must aware volunteers at the call centre before taking any further step.
Subsequently, we must start collecting data from local areas with the help of volunteers. This data should be regarding:
Total number of Covid patents
Total number of recoveries
Deaths due to Covid
Number of critical patients
Number of semi-critical patients
Number of asymptomatic patients
Number of eligible plasma donors and their blood groups
Number of hospital beds available
Number of people vaccinated
With the help of volunteers, we should keep updating the data regularly. With this, we can help citizens at the municipal level find beds and medical commodities in their vicinity.
Secondly, we should use social media to tackle the situation at the colony level by making Whatsapp groups. The heads of these colony groups should also be members of municipal-level groups that get connected with doctors dedicated to them. Citizens can message on that group to enquire about resources, after which respective heads can connect them to the doctors of that municipal corporation. If a person is asymptomatic and not critical, then the doctor can advise them for a home-based treatment.
Subsequently, every municipal corporation team can maintain their own social media handles from where they can ask for financial and medical help from the world and update all the information and data. They can do virtual meetings with their volunteer team. This would help them in coordinating with other team members without having any public gathering.
These are some suggestions from my side for the governmental bodies at the local level. The Government of India should take steps now to handle the situation and come up with a plan of vaccinating every citizen of India. Vaccination is the only way we can control the spread of the epidemic.
Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan, Jai Vigyan.