Coronavirus, the notorious virus behind SARS & MERS has just produced a new strain, and lead to a world-wide pandemic of a serious disease, COVID-19, is what we call it.
Initially it has mild common cold/flu like symptoms, like with the common cold, but progresses to severe dyspnoea & coronavirus type pneumonia leading to death in a patient.
Although the death rate in coronavirus is not much (2-3%) but due to high infectivity & no specific medication for it, has caused panic all over the globe. Also it doesn’t have any vaccine, although research in developing one is already underway.
The COVID-19 is supposed to have started in China, and now spread in almost every habitable place on earth, USA to be hit the worst, with Italy & China to be the next worse hit countries.
India has also been hit by COVID-19 virus with almost 1000 cases on record as I write this article at 12:00 am, 30th March 2020.
The number of cases in India are constantly rising and this has lead to a fear of community spread of the virus as a nation wide lock down is ensured to stop COVID-19 from entering its third stage.
Meanwhile the doctors are trying their level best to fight against the virus & treat the affected patients as well as possible. Many cases have already been treated in India as well.
But this is not what I’m gonna talk about.
I want to draw your attention on the appreciation of doctors in the country, at the moment. And what is the mode of appreciation that we resort to? Clanging Steel plates & causing hooliganism.
But no, am I being too harsh? We all did it for appreciation right? Maybe this made the doctors immune to the virus, right? No? Oh so Atleast it might have created a shock waves that destroyed the virus? No?
So what did it do?
Noise pollution, hooliganism, crowding, people even came out of their homes and started dancing togather. But no, these guys were fools, we did it to appreciate the doctors, right?
Now let me ask you this, how many doctors were on the streets or near your house when you did this show of yours? Probably none, cuz they were busy in the hospitals treating patients,
But you still believe that you did great right?
Maybe there’s a hospital nearby?
Have you ever been to an ICU? Have u appreciated the noise of traffic from the ICU? no? Oh it is so insulated that no sound can reach there, right?
So while you were clanging the plates in your balcony, there were doctors treating patients completely unaware of the madness going outside.
Now come to the appreciation part a bit more. Why is the country madly appreciating the doctors? It’s really good but a little research won’t hurt. So, I thought & read more into the matter.
Do you know what is the condition of doctors in the country?
There are doctors working in the hospital without having proper masks. In the hottest spot of the pandemic, while there are people on the streets, dancing & clanging vessels while wearing hit tech masks.
But,the doctors are not complaining, they’re too busy to do it. What they’re doing is working hard & ready to die while guaranteeing protection to the nation. And maybe this is the reason why the country is appreciating doctors. If they would’ve stood up for themselves, asking the authorities to provide safety gears to them, they would’ve probably become a part of the tukde tukde gang, anti nationals. Because here the concerned authority is the government.
Indians appreciate people only when they die for them, why don’t we work towards saving those who help others live happily & peacefully.
Even in the army, we appreciate the martyrs but how often have we tried to look into the issue, that, why they had to sacrifice their life?
Coming back to the point, no one is even raising their voice for doctors right now. Health associations over India have already expressed their worries over lack of Personal Protection Equipments (PPE),but who’s listening? Nobody.
It takes someone as powerful as JNU to have that courage to stand for what’s right & raise your voice for the people of our country. But then comes the anti national narrative. If you don’t wanna be called an anti national, just keep your voice shut. Even if it leads to death of a few doctors. We’ll call them heros & give 10 lakh to their families. That’s patriotism, right?
For a moment let’s assume we do it, shut our voice & let a few doctors die, move on & after that what?
Same hospitals, same condition (if not worse), same result? For a revolution we need voices, voices that have the power to make even the deaf, hear.
People who are educated enough to make a systematic plan of how there should be the distribution of facilities so that the value of a human life is experienced, not just heard in speeches. We need people who stand up for their community & make it better for everyone in their group, be it doctors, engineers, lawyers, charted accountants, farmers, students & everyone else.
Rise about selfishness, also, don’t try to poke your nose in someone else’s department, because you may know what you read, but they know what they’re experiencing.
I hope this article reaches a few worthy eyes & I can make an impact as well. All the readers are requested to please share this article with your friends, family, colleagues, or anyone. Because every reader has a voice & that’s what I need.