Karan M wrote:I am sorry to say this but GOI's laissez faire towards a stupid and selfish population and not invoking harsh penalties + the ICMR's insistence that only folks who have direct contact with foreign travelers need be tested have set us up for a very high risk situation.
People are breaking the quarantine with zero qualms or fear of penalties. Again and again, we hear the same story, with zero reports of penalties being imposed.
Folks with symptoms are being turned away by Govt setups w/o any recourse to testing in pvt setups either, because they don't meet "strict criteria" which in other countries was relaxed. Pvt setups are not yet cleared nor have they been given assistance on a war-footing, couldn't a few IAF C-17s have been retasked to bring kits from abroad if as GOI guys tell us, the air travel part has delayed receipt?
An important point raised is that if things are really so bad, why aren't our hospitals full already. Critics are pointing out that the situation was likewise in Wuhan till early December, after which things took a drastic turn for the worse in 2-3 weeks. I hope they are wrong.
I was just talking to someone who is in isolation after testing positive in spain, the guys were thinking nothing will happen like in nearby Italy and everyone was going doing their usual "business" in shops gyms public transport etc , now almost everyone he knows has tested positive, scary !!.. Forewarned is forearmed, India needs stricter measures maybe even enact an emergency if required before it is too late
., people cannot be running around or escape at will if tested positive !!
I agree. Look most of us who were on and off tracking this situation abroad were sitting with our mouths open at how delayed our response was versus what could have been done, in terms of travel.
I remember asking in the second week of Jan and tagging all the big names to stop travel from Europe. First week of Jan itself, the stories from China were scary and it was clear Europe was also in trouble.
When travel was stopped in March - I remember sardonically asking "why so early", I mean this is just some mango guy realizing the gravity of the situation from news leaking out on the net. The real decision makers have far more authoritative info, or they should. They have access to real experts in ICMR etc.
The joy was once some steps were taken at least we did effective follow-up and did a look in the rear-view mirror sort of method. We got delayed by WHO. Comparing us to other countries is not "on". They have much much better healthcare funding, infra and lower population density.
But there have been so many flaws in choosing "country of origin" - did folks who came up with that country of travel stuff not understand how hub and spoke airport systems function, and desi travellers travel? I mean I am on some random travel forums, and people are taking personal loans or doing Insta stories from half a dozen countries per Euro trip.
I am just concerned our system is completely not set up for effectiveness. Whether it be defence procurement or stuff like this, common sense, hard nosed questions are missing, and domain experts are 2nd tier as versus the tier 1 policy makers.
This entire bureaucratic steel frame of ours is severely compromised and is meant for pushing files not outcomes.
And also there is clearly a deep desire to not "offend", ironic for a Govt elected to be as decisive as possible. Yogi at least is doing that bit.
Yesterday, a circular says we are banning exports of sanitizers, raw material, ventilators etc. Yesterday. We are towards the 3rd week of March. Think things through - in the first week of Jan itself, there were reports of shortages of material in China. Did it really take three months for GOI to come up with this, now?
I am hoping I am wrong on all points and my cribbing is just that.