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EDITORIAL 40:“Stopping the spread, caring for lives“
SOURCES: THE HINDU EDITORIAL/EDITORIALS FOR UPSC CSE MAINS 2020
B.S. Yediyurappa is the Chief Minister of Karnataka
Stopping the spread, caring for lives
Karnataka’s approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is on a war-footing
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health
State wise break through preparation is needed to tackle a pandemic. Give your opinion on addressing the issue of food and hunger during the lockdown.(GS 3)
It is important to plan well before executing a mission . Several pan India missions are working to curb the terror of COVID-19
Here are some more measures taken by a developing South Indian State Karnataka !
Lets dive in.
We have devised a multi-pronged strategy to win the battle against the scourge of the coronavirus.
Currently, we have two main challenges at hand. First of all, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and second, to care for people’s lives during the 21-day lockdown.
High-tech war rooms to monitor, exchange information, and to keep a tab on the spread of the coronavirus.
- Officials are engaged in the management of the crisis at Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Labour Department and Information Department war rooms.
- BBMP war room: The BBMP has surveillance data of people in an eight-kilometre radius around a confirmed patient, where he was first found to reside.
- The BBMP tracks the mobile phones of quarantined people through their GPS location.
- If they are going beyond the containment zone, we will call them and ask them to go back home.
- The police will send the BBMP their names and tracking details.
- The general control room numbers and WhatsApp numbers are working for COVID-19 too.
- Also, Karnataka has developed ‘Corona Watch App’ mobile applications for monitoring people under quarantine and inform their contacts about the same to check the spread of the coronavirus.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:
- Join the largest Telegram group in India on the coronavirus – ‘COVID-19 Karnataka: Sahaya Group’, a team of doctors from the ESI Directorate are working 24×7 in responding to queries from citizens.
- On Instagram: Of late, the Department of Medical Education and the Government of Karnataka are active on Instagram — ‘Karnataka Kills Corona’ —to spread awareness on the coronavirus.
- Janasnehi team of the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) began getting a huge number of queries from the public on the disease.
- There was panic, rumours and fake news spreading rapidly. The DIPR realised we needed to kill the fake news and give out the right information so that people will not panic.
- The DIPR Janasnehi team started operating like a COVID Awareness and Response centre for the general public giving the right information and spreading awareness to people apart from debunking fake news through its Twitter handle.
A team of 3,000 volunteers has been set up, with four volunteers in each taluk on field, monitored by the DIPR and the Red Cross, to stop fake news from the field.
The Labour Department is already running a 24×7 helpline, called the ‘Dasoha line’ (155214) and a war room, in association with the DIPR which receives the demand for food (both dry ration and cooked food) from all over the State and then channelises that into the other departments, BBMP, etc in real time.
The calls are attended and the citizens are either directed to the nearest food centre or ration/cooked food is being arranged to reach near them.
Eager to stall migration, Karnataka has launched the hunger helpline.
A coordinated ‘Dasoha’ scheme will ensure that everybody is covered under the scheme and nobody in Karnataka goes to bed without food.
Also, the government has directed Deputy Commissioners to take over one convention centre or wedding hall in every ward within municipal corporation limits to house construction labourers and migrant workers.
In Bengaluru, several hospitals have been listed as ‘designated first response hospitals’ for COVID-19. For instance, in Victoria Hospital alone, around 1,700 beds have been set up.
Also, new COVID-19 helpline numbers (080-46848600 and 080-66692000) are now functional apart from the existing helpline number 104.
I have appealed to people not to rush to hospitals; call the helpline if symptoms aggravate.
The best medical care and isolation facilities are just one call away.
It is at this moment that only sick and patients requiring emergency care might visit hospitals for treatment at medical college hospitals/district hospitals/super-speciality hospitals and autonomous institutions.
To avoid overcrowding and halt the spread of COVID-19, private hospitals have been instructed to take similar steps.
The rolling out of the Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme, of ₹1.7-lakh crore, when the country is struggling hard to fight the coronavirus menace has brought relief in this hour of crisis.
- Karnataka government will release social security pension of two months in advance for the poor.
- Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act scheme and two months ration will be supplied immediately.
- 21 lakh construction workers will be paid ₹1,000 per person. Under the Badavara Bandhu (interest-free loan to roadside vendors) scheme, we have decided to waive ₹13.20 crore loans.
As a part of the humane approach, the State-run Indira Canteens will provide food packets free of cost to the poor and needy in the wake of the lockdown.
Officials are directed to popularise “vicinity marketing” and make the people purchase essential items from shops, vendors and hawkers in their area and surroundings.