Thu. Oct 21st, 2021

Only solution in sight in COVID-19 fight

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New Delhi. 03/04/2020 In the strongest possible words, I condemn the attacks recently engineered on a team of doctors and paramedics in Indore and other places in the country. The doctors said to be next to Gods are saviours risking their own lives to save patients more particularly during the epidemic coronavirus which is extremely contagious and unsparing to none.

Anyone who inches closer to the COVID-19 infected persons is very prone to the deadly virus which came to India via the people travelled abroad and contracted from others.

The rich, the poor, the high, the low, all alike are supposed to maintain social distancing, not social boycotting. That is a preventive measure. But then doctors and paramedics are put into services for the safety of the vast chunk of population at risk.

If these medical professionals for their no faults are targeted and victimized by those nincompoops who are blindfolded by their religious school of thoughts, the fight against corona will weaken on the hand and cases of the malady will spike to a new high. Thus, things may go out of control and the people may be trapped in a vicious circle which none of us would like to.

The remedial need is that the administrative body must swing into action and ensure that the law of the land is in place and adhered to in letters and spirits at any cost. During this world health emergency, those playing petty party politics are the enemies of the human race.

Any individuals or outfits as such must be dealt with iron hands as per law. The lives of countrymen cannot be sacrificed on the altar of coronavirus by giving a free hand to a few political goons or religious bigots. The stern action is the only solution in sight in the COVID-19 fight.

A malady like a coronavirus knows no caste, creed or religion. It enters through the nose or mouth of those who come in physical contacts of those already afflicted with this virus. It stands to reason the government has issued the advisory for all of us to stay at home and avoid any public gathering during three-week lockdown till 14th of April 2020.

However, during this, a huge congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in New Delhi was  spotted, found and evacuated with the shocking news of hundred of persons being coronavirus positive. Some of them died of it. Some are under medical treatment. Many are now scattered to the four winds with possible virus with them.

This poses a threat to the entire nation which is reeling under the tiny but fatal virus. People in common put a question to both of the Central Government and the Government of NCT of Delhi led by vocal Arvind Kejriwal as to how this a gigantic gathering disobeying the law. They cannot parry this question but need to answer it.

Dr Birbal Jha is a noted author and the Managing Director of Lingua Multiservices Pvt Ltd having a popular trademark brand ‘British Lingua’. He is credited with having created a revolution in English training with the slogan ‘English for all’.