The outbreak of COVID-19 brings me many questions to my mind about the existing healthcare structure , health of the society and it’s individuals. This massive outbreak of viral epidemic has challenged the existing governments, healthcare professionals, understanding of the individuals of society, corporate organisations and non healthcare organisations. This outbreak has massively added on economic burdens of the countries.
Don’t sometimes we feel the life has become standstill for all of us? Is it alarming ? Are we fighting or are we scared ? Do we have enough resources to combat this disease? When it will end and we can get our life to normal pace?
Quarantine period has snatched livelihood of many who work on daily basis to earn there breads. This massive outbreak not only bought the lock down but make me think about existing and future problems of healthcare industry. It took many lives across the nations and still we are fighting to control spread of infection and restore our normal routines.
Many people speculate it as breakthrough in healthcare for doctors as the infection itself has challenged our science, knowledge and quest to treat the patients with this disease. Since there is no definitive treatment of the disease, drugs to treat patients or vaccines makes us feel insecure to the possible outcomes of outbreak. As healthcare professional, we can only appeal the society to practice kindness and humility towards healthcare professionals as we deal everyday with patients to our best by sacrificing our health and families. At the same time, we appeal the local dealers and local shops by not overpricing the consumables available for common man.
We won’t like to comment on the possible economic and political notions behind this biological break down but it has brings question to many developing nations who lack resources to combat the deadly viral infection. These tough times for the entire world could only be fought together. In present scenario, where governments and healthcare professionals are stressing upon the practice of social distancing, personal hygiene, overcrowding at public places and maintains safe hygiene seems to be only options to safeguard society. Practising “Social distancing” brings a norm “Prevent yourself and Prevent others” which can hopefully bring down the spread of infection.
At the same time, government agencies and healthcare sectors should strongly practice frugality to ensure resources for all. The lead take by some non healthcare organisations including technology giants and food chains is appreciable but at the same time other existing companies and industries should contribute to there employees by providing some help in managing their expenses.
It’s important that we all together keep motivating each other with common notion of humanity and gratitude for individuals of the society. Hopefully, we can soon be able to discover definitive solutions too eradicate this notorious virus. Stay home stay healthy.
Dr Saurabh Bansal ( Surgeon)
Founder and managing director
Surgeons House Limited