Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion name to the nation, delivered late night on Thursday, is precisely what one expects from a accountable head of state within the battle towards COVID-19. At essentially the most decisive second, when there’s a looming hazard of a neighborhood outbreak of the coronavirus, Modi has requested his countrymen to voluntarily take part in a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday, March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm.

The Prime Minister’s speech was measured, informative and most significantly assuaged all potential panic reactions to the Coronavirus within the nation. From interesting to the folks to voluntarily keep indoors – significantly susceptible populations like senior residents and kids, boosting the morale of all frontline staff, to asking companies to stay delicate to the wants of their staff and likewise assuring the nation of an motion plan to answer the financial challenges that the nation will face, the PM has made even the frequent Indian a accountable companion within the nation’s struggle towards COVID-19.

The PM is conscious that until the 1.Three crore folks of India are educated about their important function in stopping the constructive instances of the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, it might simply not be potential to comprise the an infection.

When a lethal virus has introduced even essentially the most superior of nations to a standstill, India’s, significantly the Prime Minister’s, management in responding to the outbreak is really worthy of appreciation. His management has rightly earned appreciation even from the World Health Organisation. Given India’s giant geographical dimension, inhabitants, deep social join and restricted healthcare amenities, the best way India has dealt with this pandemic to date offers the nation confidence that we’re heading in the right direction.

Remarkably, India has reported the least variety of COVID-19 instances to this point among the many prime 10 economies of the world regardless of having the second largest inhabitants. India’s External Affairs Ministry, Health and Family Welfare Ministry and Civil Aviation Ministry, with the private intervention of the PM, confirmed alacrity in response even earlier than the WHO declared it to be a world emergency. They initiated steps to watch the state of affairs as early as January 8, a day after China recognized the brand new sort of Coronavirus, preventing the unfold on an S.O.S. mode.

India’s institutional and administrative response has been swift, coordinated and decisive. The authorities adopted a seven-pronged strategic strategy to fight the virus. This consists of Surveillance at Points of Entry, early and well timed laboratory testing, hospital preparedness together with quarantine wards, Risk Communication by means of mainstream and social media, neighborhood surveillance, logistical help in type of private safety kits & N-95 masks, and capability constructing by means of coaching of airport/port workers & Rapid Response Team (RRTs). These proactive and pre-emptive measures adopted and its well timed implementation on the bottom point out the extent of inter-ministerial coordination in addition to seriousness with which India is tackling the disaster.

By 4th of March, 21 worldwide airports and 9 further home airports launched common screening for all worldwide passengers. As on March 17, 13.5 lakh passengers from 12,700 flights had been screened in India. Screening is now performed in 12 main and 65 non-major ports of the nation as properly – about 30,000 passengers and crew members have undergone preliminary screening. The authorities began screening travellers at built-in checkposts bordering Nepal since January 29. About 16.Three lakh folks have been screened within the 83 border checkposts unfold throughout 21 border districts. International passengers from the Middle East are made to self-quarantine. Moreover, journey from essentially the most affected international locations like EU zones, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia had been just lately prohibited.

PM Modi’s teleconference with SAARC nations to develop a roadmap to collectively work on the regional degree signifies India’s understanding of the necessity for a coordinated regional response on this strategic area housing a big inhabitants. Additionally, suspension of Indian visas of Overseas Citizen of India cardholders, whereas allowing foreigners already in India to remain and instantly report for testing have additionally proved to be efficient steps. Foreigners in India can contact the closest FRRO/FRO for extending their visas.

At the grassroots degree, people-to-people trade of data by means of social media has additionally led to appreciable consciousness. A easy caller tune on the cell phone, even in 11 regional languages, has ensured that the phrase has reached out to each Indian. Just pattern what the federal government has accomplished to this point to unfold the phrase: 70 lakh emails on MyGov, push notifications to 20 lakh customers, common newspaper advertisements amounting to 624, data disbursed on all Doordarshan channels and 49 personal channels, radio messages in all of All India Radio channels in addition to 126 personal FM stations, direct contact with the general public by means of 235 crore SMSes since March 7 and caller tunes in Hindi, English and regional languages since March 7.

The PM has rightly lauded the efforts of the media for its function in holding panel discussions, sharing authorities advisories and busting myths round COVID-19. The authorities too has arrange a round the clock National Control Room (011-23978046 & 1075 Toll Free) with 100 traces and 104 Call Centers to answer queries.

Given India’s federal construction and the necessary function that state governments play in public well being administration, credit score should even be given to accountable governments like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Delhi – who’ve all chipped in with accountable and progressive options. Whether it’s the neighborhood surveillance by means of technological aids in Karnataka, drastic measure of invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act in UP and imprisonment for not reporting for medical exams in Kerala, sanitization and disinfection drives in Delhi, prohibition orders in Chhattisgarh or the restriction of entry into numerous states of the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, there was a mature response from every of the state governments. Even the Ministry of Railways has undertaken a disinfection drive by means of its giant and expansive community, whereas urging folks to keep away from non-essential journey.

Citizens are made to know that mass testing isn’t sensible in India when even international locations like Italy, Spain, France, United States – with a lot smaller populations and superior healthcare methods – are unable to check each individual for COVID-19. Even then, the federal government is constructing its capability of testing kits. There are at the moment 70,000 testing kits and 10 lakh extra are being procured by the federal government. Due to our giant inhabitants, India’s technique is targeted on stopping neighborhood outbreak. It is on this regard that the PM’s name of Janata Curfew assumes all of the extra significance. Even then, India’s neighborhood surveillance programme can also be noteworthy – in operate since January 18. Seventy thousand and extra travellers have been introduced beneath neighborhood surveillance and amongst these discovered symptomatic, about 700 have been hospitalized.

But the federal government is conscious that that is just the start of the lengthy battle forward and is getting ready for any eventuality.

There are 72 labs for testing and tips for personal labs to check residents are being ready. About 15,980 isolation beds (quantity increasing) are saved able to additional comprise the unfold of the virus, with 1,375 coming from the personal sector. A rising record of 38,000 quarantine beds have additionally been made obtainable.

Replying to my question throughout the Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Friday, the Ministry of AYUSH additionally clarified its contribution to the struggle. Minister Shripad Naik mentioned his ministry is working intently with the Health and Family Welfare to contribute from the obtainable 63,000 beds in 3,277 hospitals for isolation and quarantine.

More efficient and essential than all of those measures is the overall consciousness and participation on this struggle by the most typical Indian. One of the attribute traits of PM Modi’s governance is encouraging folks participation and possession of presidency programmes. The PM actually understands and emulates Mahatma Gandhi’s mannequin of changing each challenge right into a mass motion. Sunday’s Janata Curfew is India’s mass response in its struggle towards the lethal coronavirus.

It takes every certainly one of us to struggle Corona. Let us keep clear, wash our fingers with cleaning soap often, keep indoors as a lot as potential, practise social distancing once we’re out for inevitable causes, be collectively accountable and say namaste!

(The creator is a Member of Parliament representing the Bharatiya Janata Party)

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the creator’s personal.

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