The Covid-19 pandemic has worryingly been relegated to the sidelines in Punjab, despite the fact that the state’s fatality price continues to be among the many highest within the nation. Over the previous week or so, the highlight has been on the farmers’ protests in opposition to the agriculture-related Bills and the political one-upmanship over the problem. With the state authorities going comfortable on the protesters, large gatherings in violation of social distancing norms have develop into a standard sight, heightening the chance of speedy unfold of an infection. Punjab had been struggling to include the virus even earlier than the farmers’ agitation began, and the scenario has solely worsened of late.
The gross neglect of sufferers is exemplified by the loss of life of an aged lady at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Sunday. She someway went out of the ICU by herself and fell unconscious on the steps of a Covid ward. Left unattended for about 45 minutes, she was ultimately taken again to the ICU and placed on ventilator assist. However, the lady died a number of hours later. The weird flip of occasions factors to dereliction of obligation by medical doctors and paramedics within the ward.
A excessive proportion of individuals affected by non-communicable ailments and the rising aged inhabitants are being cited by medical specialists as the principle causes for Punjab’s excessive Covid fatality price. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday blamed the irresponsible behaviour of individuals for the surge in coronavirus circumstances within the nation. Punjab isn’t any exception on this regard. Indeed, state Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu just lately attributed the fast-rising loss of life toll to the ‘unhealthy’ life-style of Punjabis, carelessness among the many individuals and the arrival of NRIs. All these elements are important to some extent, however there isn’t any denying that the state badly wants to enhance its healthcare infrastructure to satisfy the unprecedented problem. Accountability must be fastened promptly at any time when any act of negligence by the well being employees is reported. There must also be no rest in relation to imposing Covid security norms. Punjab will sink deeper into the mire if the federal government lifts its foot off the pedal.