The Nation has to be prepared to face this severe situation of a pandemic. The second wave of COVID-19 has brutally shaken Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Jaipur, Bhopal and other metros while equally affecting the rural parts of India. Owing to the second wave of COVID and the need to track the disease in rural areas the State Government is implementing stricter restrictions to prevent further spread of the dreadful virus.
Though the RT-PCR tests remain the benchmark of testing, the Government is taking initiatives to spread awareness with online campaigns, monetary assistance in the form of donations and various collaborations with different pharmaceutical companies across the world. NGOs, where volunteers and support organizations ensure delivery of essential commodities to critical patients, the needy, the differently-abled and the specially-
While COVID appropriate behaviour is the key to reduce the local transmission, there have been various challenges. The first is that of migrants moving from the urban settings back to their hometowns in a haste with the anxiety of not being with their loved ones and losing jobs during this time frame. This has increased the number of migrants who have been COVId-19 carriers who have reached villages. The second challenge is of Senior citizens, especially
those who have been in the grip of this second wave and have been anxious on facing help relating to their health. Online consultations have been a way out but seeing, touching and believing is the concept that the traditional health practice works on which is why most of the patients are still not comfortable with the treatment that is given through online consultation by doctors.
Amid active cases, recovery rates and mortality news, some NGOs are focusing on the mental health of patients and family members by running social media-led initiatives by making doctors available to families during this second wave. Doctors and Nutritionists and events on social media circuits focus on various mental health issues and challenges along with their solutions to people undergoing at the time of COVID-19.
The first wave was to follow COVID-19 appropriate behavior and social distancing practice is something that was in trend. However, #Thalibajao and #clapping to reduce the negative vibe of COVID-19, the Government has taken various initiatives for people to maintain social distance and also not lose interaction with the outside world. However, this is not the case in
the second wave. COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and refraining to step out of the house is one thing that people have abided by. NGO’s and Front-line workers have been on their toes to fight this deadly virus consistently.
The second wave however is also spreading its roots in the rural settings. With lack of a strong healthcare infrastructure and the lack of awareness on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in rural areas, there must be awareness camps by the NGOs and State Governments. Ads across all rural and Rur-ban set-ups must be widely spread with the help of ASHA and AANGANWAADI Workers who have now been roped in by the Government to perform tests. People with massive local connect such as these workers from ASHA and AANGANWAADI along with the rest of the workers such as Sarpanch and the Panchayat must solicit the ideas of digital consultation which is the only way to reduce transmission in the rural areas.
Larger organisations and NGOs in collaboration are making efforts to engage even celebrities to create awareness campaigns on COVID-19. To get help on oxygen concentrators, medicines, the availability of hospital beds, blood donations and plasma donations are all done now on social media platforms. Political parties and influential people have taken a step forward to help the needy even in the villages. Platforms where the rural and urban divide is now no longer existent are being used to understand the needs of both. NGOs and large organizations are setting up oxygen plants, food distribution kits and cooking meals through sanitized kitchens which are offered to those in need. Following public health guidelines like social distancing and mask, some individuals are coming forward to help the vulnerable groups by offering blood donation, plasma donation, financial assistanc and PPE kits.
Under the name #Sathihathbadhana, we are offering free Food, Hospital Bed, Ambulance and Oxygen to those in need.
During the ongoing pandemic, Being committed to continuing our fight against emptiness and hunger, we’re keeping our programmes running through this new crisis.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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