COVID -19 (Corona) battle with ‘Lakshman Rekha’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called complete lockdown across the country for next 21 days from Tuesday midnight. With this he announced that the Government has provided Rupees Fifteen Thousand Crore for strengthening the medical infrastructure and treatment of the Corona infected patients.
In his second address to the nation on the pandemic raging across much of the world with the number of infections rising in India, Modi made a fervent appeal to the countrymen not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes in the next three weeks.“In addition to the basic necessities, lifesaving necessities have to be given top most priority. In order to tackle this novel pandemic, the Central Government is constantly working towards better equipping the healthcare facilities of the country.” he said. “The Government has been taking decisions on the advice of the World Health Organization, country’s top medical and research organizations and top health experts.
The Central Government has put in place a provision of 15 thousand crores for treating the COVID-19 patients and strengthening the medical infrastructure of the country.” He said.PM told the nation, “This will allow for quickly boosting the number of Corona testing facilities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Isolation Beds, ICU beds, ventilators and other essential equipment.
Simultaneously, training of medical and paramedical manpower will also be undertaken.”With requested the State Governments to ensure that healthcare is the topmost priority at the moment, He said, “I am pleased that the private sector is standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens in full capacity during this crucial time. Private labs and hospitals are eagerly coming forward to work with the Government during these challenging times.”He appealed to the people to beware of any kind of rumours or superstitions circulating during such times. He requested the people not to take any medication without consulting doctors if you are showing any symptoms of this infection.
He expressed confidence of every Indian abiding by the instructions of the Government and local authorities during this crucial hour.Discussing the economic impact owing to the Pandemic, the Prime Minister said, “The nation will have to certainly pay an economic cost because of this lockdown.
However, to save the life of each and every Indian is our top most priority. Hence, it is my plea to you to continue staying wherever you are right now in the country.”Cautioning of those who are careless, the Prime Minister said, “carelessness of a few, ill-conceived notions of a few can put you, your children, your parents, your family, your friends, the entire country in grave jeopardy. It will be impossible to estimate the price India will have to pay if this carelessness continues.”
The Prime Minister explained that if the situation is not brought under control in the next 3 weeks, the country could go back 21 years and that several families would be devastated forever. Hence, he urged the people to do just one thing in the next 21 days – to stay inside their homes.“As per health experts, a period of at least 21 days is extremely critical to break infection chain of Corona virus.” he said “The analysis of happenings in all these countries since the last two months, and the opinion of experts has proved that there is only one way to effectively deal with Coronavirus – Social Distancing” he said.
On 22nd March, he took the resolution of Janata-Curfew. As a nation, every Indian contributed with full responsibility and sensitivity to ensure its success. Children-elders, big-small, poor, Rich, everyone came together in this hour of crisis. In the last two days, several parts of the country have been put under lockdown.
Now all the States, Union Territories, each district, municipality, village, and locality is being put under lockdown. Govt. has taken this step for fight against Corona Pandemic.“By the way, the people who are staying at home are employing new methods over social media to disseminate information in an innovative manner.
There is one banner that I also liked, which I would like all of you to see. Corona, i.e., Koi Road pe Na Nikle (no one should go out on the road)”According to a World Health Organization’s report, a person infected with this virus can transmit this to hundreds of people within the span of 7 to 10 days.
This means, that it spreads like wildfire. “All of you are also witnessing how the most advanced countries of the world have been rendered absolutely helpless by this pandemic. It is not that these countries are not putting in adequate efforts or they lack resources.
The Corona virus is spreading at such a rapid pace that despite all the preparations and efforts, these countries are finding it hard to manage the crisis.”
Deepak Sen – Senior journalist