As we have completed one year of nationwide lockdown, let’s just take a moment to introspect what we have achieved, or rather I should say what we have learned. While I was writing this article and recollecting all the memories, incident, and events of the last year, I realized the list is very long ranging from mental health management to financial management, millennials getting the zest of how working from home feels like to government realizing ( i would like to assume they have realized till now ) that how poorly managed is our healthcare system.
On 23rd March when the nationwide lockdown was announced for 21 days, everyone considered that as a gut move and the only possible solution to curb the spread of novel coronavirus now know as COVID-19 but were we prepared? Can we say that the nationwide lockdown helped us to stop the movement of COVID-19? , not making this a political debate question, at least government and administration should take a moment to realize what went right or wrong and how can we better prepared for the future because scientific discovery is crucial to human flourishing and 1918 Spanish flu, COVID 19 are not the end.
Where one side of the world was getting comfortable in their pyjamas in work from home scenarios, posting their dance moves and getting their hands dirty in the kitchen to unravel their cooking skills the other side was getting uncomfortable, unaware about what this virus is, the only thing which they were aware of is now they are not getting paid and the only option left for them is to go back home. Yes along with nationwide lockdown nationwide mass movement of migrant labor is one event that will be there in every documentary, books, or article on nationwide lockdown
Lack of a safety net around the most vulnerable in the informal sector ( comprising 99% of the daily wage earners ) of India is what lockdown has made everyone realize, with the government announcing the direct cash transfers again the question is on the implementation of the step. But yes there was a silver lining in those dark clouds and those were when civil society, individuals, and many communities came forward to help these people with basic necessities.
“ बीमारी नहीं मारेगी तोह भूक मार देगी “ - Pappu , a migrant labour
The economy has also seen a major hit last year where Sensex and Nifty recording the highest losses, over 6 lakhs small businesses and firms shutting down, and even many of them facing major losses. For the last 70 years, we have contributed a significant amount of the Union/State Budget to healthcare but was that enough, the answer is in these numbers. As per health ministry data, we have one doctor per 11600 people, 1 isolation bed per 184000 people, and 40,000 ventilators for 1.37 billion people. March 12th India recorded the first death of a 76-year-old man in Kerela and we are seeing the rise in cases again for the last one week with many of the states announcing night curfews. The battle from COVID-19 is far from over, we should not forget that we have already lost over 1,61,000 lives in the last year we should adhere to the guidelines, keep ourselves and our family safe, and also with all necessary precautions help those who need the most in this humanitarian crises