THE CONCERNING NUMBERS RISING FROM JANUARY 2020 – 1,18,000 INFECTED – 4,200 DEATHS- 114 COUNTRIES:
The need of the hour is to arrest these numbers on war footing . That too under one command collecting data on a 24 hour basis . then sending one advisory , instructions to the entire nation . Of course in all the Indian languages . This should keep appearing at prime time in Television WITHOUT CELEBRITIES FEATURING , BUT WITH JUST MEDICAL PERSONNEL & Print Media.
Instead, we get information from the social media from various sources . If a competent uniform message is sent from one source like ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research ) , NCDC (National Center for Disease Control) or even from the MINISTRY OF HEALTH CO ORDINATING WITH THE AGENCIES .
The next is to increase the Virus testing centers from the present 52 in India . Just take the count of the Head Quarters of States and union Territories 28+9 , total districts in India 732 that administer services to a population of 1.3 Billion. Out of the 732 districts at least half of them should have testing laboratories .
As of now all cases detected has to be confirmed from NIV (National Institute of Virology ) the only premier one in India that has BSL-4 (Bio Safety Level ) . The work load is too much on them . India should have at least 10 to 12 well spread over . So that the waiting time for results and decisions can be reduced. CHINA HAS BSL-4 LABS IN EVERY DISTRICT .
Pandemic isn’t an uncommon word in world Health these days , with Globalization and Tourism. About 30 years back who would have expected a Disease Virus to come out of China and spread in 114 countries ? When we take stock of Virus Epidemic in the past ,
2003 - SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
2009 - H1N1 INFLUENZA Pandemic
2018 – NIPAH VIRUS
2019 – COVID -19
INIDA WILL NEED MORE TESTING LABS & B.S.L.- 4 LABS . more