We want a tough lockdown to stop Covid's second wave, says aiims chief

We want a tough lockdown to stop Covid's second wave, says aiims chief. India's healthcare system has reached its peak. In areas where the positivity

Saturday, May 1, 2021

/ by Avishek Bera


The News Cover: India's healthcare system has reached its peak. In areas where the positivity rate is more than 10 percent, there should be a lockdown like in March last year. AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria expressed this view on Saturday. He said no one could have imagined that the coronavirus would spread at such a high rate. Night curfew has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and several other states. There has also been a lockdown over the weekend. But it could not stop the infection. Twelve Covid patients died at Batra Hospital in Delhi due to lack of oxygen. Among them is doctor RK Himthani. "I have known Himthani since he was a student," Guleria said. His death is a personal loss to me. Referring to the deaths of 12 people at Batra Hospital, the AIIMS chief said, "What is the reason for this? 

Because the number of infected is constantly increasing. The number of infections must be reduced. No other healthcare system in the world can withstand such stress. Now we have to do a strict lockdown. ' On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the tightening in the capital would continue for another week. Anthony Fouzio, a health adviser to US President Joe Biden, has spoken out in favor of the lockdown. In an interview, he said the supply of medical equipment like oxygen, medicines, PPE kits should be kept smooth. In other words, it is possible to prevent the infection only if the lockdown on the one hand and proper medical services on the other hand can be run in parallel. In that interview, without naming any government, Dr. Anthony said, "The victory was announced a long time ago."

What exactly did Anthony say? In his words, ‘India needs a complete lockdown on an urgent basis to break the chain of transmission. It should run for a few weeks. No one wants to lock the country. But the importance of the situation must be understood. Realizing that situation, I am saying that now India needs a complete lockdown. He also said, "I'm not talking about a six-month lockdown. But a few weeks of continuous lockdown is required. Which will break the cycle of infection. Declare a lockdown and make it work properly. Only then is it possible to prevent infection. His clear statement, 'Besides lockdown, medical services must also continue at the same pace. Oxygen supply must be ensured. The supply of PPE kits, medicines and other items should also be kept normal.

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