How prepared is India to tackle a possible COVID-19 outbreak?

coronavirus GD topic

Theme:-

  • COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan city of China in December 2019. Till now it has spread to more than 100 countries. More than 1,00,000 people were affected by the 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak and the death toll has crossed 4,000.
  • In India, 61 people have affected by the disease as of now (11th March 2020).
  • Every country is trying hard to handle the Coronavirus outbreak. India is no exception. The Indian government is taking several steps to prevent the outbreak and gearing up healthcare systems to tackle the new cases. But are we really prepared to handle a possible COVID-19 outbreak in India?

Steps taken by the Indian government:-

  • The Indian government has set up coronavirus screening at airports as soon as the news of the outbreak in China came out. And people from China or who have travel history with China were banned from entering into India. In some cases, they were sent back. And Indians were stopped from going to China. If anyone has symptoms, they were quarantined and were treated in isolation. In this way, India could effectively prevent the COVID-19 for a much longer time than most of the developed countries.
  • At present, India has 15 labs to test the coronavirus. The union health minister said that the number of labs will be increased to 50 if the need arises.
  • Two Indian firms are in a race to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

The present situation in India:-

  • India is more vulnerable to epidemics because of its high population density, poor and unequal healthcare facilities, poor sanitation facilities in slums and rapid growing internal migration. Still many people in India do not have access to primary healthcare services. And the present number of hospitals are not in a position to handle a significantly high number of patients at a time. There is a lack of healthcare professionals in India.

Conclusion:-

Till now, the government has effectively prevented the outbreak and has quarantined the patients. But if the number of patients increases, it will be very difficult to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. Not just coronavirus but there is a possibility of other pandemics in future. So, to tackle this kind of situations, India should improve its healthcare facilities. Strengthening our healthcare systems to prepare for the worst is the need of the hour.

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13 comments

  1. Covid-19, that breaksout from the epicentre Wuhan City of China, turned pandemic and engulfed the entire world within a short span of time and hence India is no exception. The rise of the deadly virus tolled to ariund 1 lac in India itself, after having lockdowned and quarantined the entire nation. Vagrant stranded, destitutes leads diaspora, economy jolted, SMEs shatterd , livelihood standstill. The picture came out to be pixelated. India is trying to tackle the pathetic situation with utmost strength, but there is lacking of norms that need to be deeprooted in the system such as, making a law of social distancing, carrying sanitizers, every being punished for violation, follow up each infected people, lockdown to abolished with strict measures, every person being screened before entering any precinct, the dine outs need to be shut or,if opened with partitions in spaces. According to WHO, we need to learn to live with this virus untill vaccine comes out or there is a herd immunity. Till then these protectiv measures to be implemented to tackle this pandemic and become Covid free nation.

  2. India has take lot of activity to tackle the COVID-19 situation. India has 15 lab for test. India has give some rules and regulations . As a citizen of India we must follow the rules. If someone has the symptoms of corona virus then they must be quarantined themselves.

    1. Covid-19, that breaksout from the epicentre Wuhan City of China, turned pandemic and engulfed the entire world within a short span of time and hence India is no exception. The rise of the deadly virus tolled to ariund 1 lac in India itself, after having lockdowned and quarantined the entire nation. Vagrant stranded, destitutes leads diaspora, economy jolted, SMEs shatterd , livelihood standstill. The picture came out to be pixelated. India is trying to tackle the pathetic situation with utmost strength, but there is lacking of norms that need to be deeprooted in the system such as, making a law of social distancing, carrying sanitizers, every being punished for violation, follow up each infected people, lockdown to abolished with strict measures, every person being screened before entering any precinct, the dine outs need to be shut or,if opened with partitions in spaces. According to WHO, we need to learn to live with this virus untill vaccine comes out or there is a herd immunity. Till then these protectiv measures to be implemented to tackle this pandemic and become Covid free nation.

  3. Yes india is fully prepared on covid-19 disease,it provide lockdown so thay no if patients be reduced and family further more time be given arrange more facilities .also india arranged hotels for quarantine patients and declared hotspots to cover the disease immediately

  4. Covid-19 is the biggest problem in the world. But our indian prime minister has taken good step to against the carona viruses. It is too difficult to find out the travelled people. But every state should find out them.the symptoms of carona virus cough, cold, fever. The people who have this symptoms, they should come out and do quarantine prosses then we can reduce this virus. We should stay at home. Because there is no medicine for this virus. If we stay in home, offcourse we can save our country, we can save our lives. Jai hind

  5. Government of INDIA is trying its best as it could by the keeping in mind about the poor or labour classes all necessary requirement from food along with money transfer to there respective accounts- govt. left no page unturned . But are there are certain things that has to be done frequently like testing more and more people as they could, asking all domestic manufacturing units to manufacture essential medical equipment like sanitizers, ventilators, masks, testing kits, suits for medical warriors with the help of domestically available resources. And also govt. should deploy army to the most affected areas so that they can help police in maintaining laws and order as well as allocating necessary commodity to the people at their doors.

  6. Yes, India is prepared to fight the virus. One being the government we have chosen, seem to be taking the right steps, like enforcin lockdowns, sealing borders, calling upon medical staffs motivating them to give their best. Unlike USA, Italy which were scattered and didn’t know what steps to take or how to reduce the spread. Secondly India has dealt with H1N1, amd other type of diseases in the past, so we are better prepared.

    There would be few cons, but the way India is going it seems it will mitigate the spread of the virus. It all comes down to individual now and how we ourselves try to quarantine and not roam around as well as teach people who violate the rules set.

  7. Indian goverment leaves no stone unturned to tackle this problem but as we know that the health care system of our country is not so good as other developed country….we can only stop this by social distancing so now the ball is in our court…..we must inform our travel and contact history with goverment so government mitigate it.

    1. Government can identify from visa information of those who have visted south asia in recent past .so that it can be traced and treated or sent to quarantine

  8. The world is appreciating in young one having less number of covid-19 positive cases as respect to its population but the reality may differ.
    If we if we compare India with other countries like USA Italy and China which are domestically suffering from covid-19 they have one level of healthcare system but India having least health care system for example India having only 70 hospital beds on 1 lakh people and 2.3 ICU beds for 1 lakh people while China and Italy having 420 and 320 hospital weights respectively as well as 3.6 and 12. ICU beds respectively.
    In India in some states there are heavy number of positive cases while some States have no effect the reason behind this may be having no facilities in particular States for example Kerala and Maharashtra having highest number of positive cases and important thing about those States is this they have better health care facilities with compared to other states like Bihar.
    In Bihar and some more States the doctors and nurses do not have any self protection gear or equipments like particular mask for gloves.

  9. COVID-19 virus main problem is that it may take 14 days to show shymptm that someone is affected by this corona virus,now for govt of india it is very difficult to search people who are travelled from different part of the world, because in these 14 days they have travelled in various part of country,somehow if govt is able to get the list of these people than also it is very difficult or nearly impossible to get how many people are infected through these people and the main problem is that this virus spread very fast rate.So i believe that people of india should more responsible than goverment to stop the spreadness of this virus.and this is only possible by keeping social distance and lockdown

  10. Indian media is also appreciate for it work because it is spread the information of the coronavirus and make the citizens of India aware

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