IIndia, Land of 1.3 billion compassionate people, who can be moved overnight to do wonders when the world needs them. In the Pandemic coronavirus India can play a very important role. The knee jerk reactions and mismanagement will not help the cause. India needs a real crisis management team and a charismatic leader like PM Modi who can utilize the energy of over a billion to be the life savior in this pandemic.
Coronavirus start and spread
December 2019 Cases of pneumonia detected in Wuhan, China. As per Wuhan Municipal Health cases started coming in the beginning of December. In January China close the Hunan Seafood Market considering that the market may be the source. It was confirmed on 7th January by the Chinese authorities that they have identified the virus as novel coronavirus. Coronavirus then spreads to Iran, Europe and North America. Total number of coronavirus patients has crossed 750,000 across the globe till today.
Coronavirus in India
India found its first few cases of infection in February. However, by and large coronavirus is not spreading in India at the same speed as in Europe or North America uptill now, may be because of various reasons. India has missed three months starting from January to March 2020 as the virus was not impacting India during these months and not doing any big damage. India is a land of over a billion people which is a huge work force.
COVID-19 has exposed the shortage of medical equipment worldwide. Doctors, Nurses and all front line workers are not able to get personal protective equipment. There is a huge shortage of Medical Ventilators worldwide. Italy has not been able to cope up with the demand of Ventilators which is one of the major reason of very high number of deaths.
India Announced Countrywide lockdown
Modi announced a one-day self-quarantine on 22nd March. He received huge appreciations from the world and from his own followers. Taking stock of that huge success a Govt. who otherwise also do not want to take any chance announced a countrywide lockdown of 1.3 billion people.
What India is missing?
India has a tremendous capacity to combat Covid-19, huge manpower and raw material to manufacture medical equipment, PPE(Personal Protective Equipment) and produce packaged food. Govt. must have executed resources as early as January and correct measures and planning and partial lockdown with all necessary activities continuing, while they could also advise public about social distancing, maintaining hygiene. All auto industries could have been asked to start manufacturing ventilators. India has many international pharmaceutical manufacturing plants who could be asked to manufacture all PPE’s.
“We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear.
― Veronica Roth“
Instead of being a sitting duck India could show the world the way to combat the pandemic. INDIA could not only have fulfilled its own demand but could also donated all those Manufactured ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment to other countries in need.
PM Modi taking lead in the right direction even now will not only save India from this pandemic but also show the hope to the world.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
― Barack Obama”