It is heartening to note that the government is planning to equip all major public hospitals in the country with liquid oxygen plants in order to deal squarely with the possible second wave of the Covid-19 attack. Reportedly, the National Technical Advisory Committee, formed by the government, is about to place a set of recommendations, including setting up liquid oxygen plants at all major public hospitals to tackle any rush of Covid-19 patients.
Currently, coronavirus deaths and cases in Bangladesh are showing a downward trend, which gives us a chance to reflect and plan for a second wave of the rogue virus. The challenge for government now is to ensure the peak is not so furious that it overburdens our healthcare system again.
When it comes to halting the Covid-19 crisis, virus testing is the key to diagnosing cases and tracking the pandemic. Therefore, we must take necessary steps to conduct adequate and accurate testing and for that our testing facilities need to be expanded. Also, the government should encourage people to go for Covid-19 tests whenever needed.
The government should integrate pragmatic preventive measures based on the experiences garnered from the first wave of the pandemic so that it can act fast to control the possible winter wave and ensure proper healthcare services for the infected people. Hospitals should be kept ready with all the necessary equipment and facilities so that they can face any challenge if the situation worsens in the winter.
Hospitals should be kept ready with all the necessary
equipment and facilities so that they can face any challenge
if the situation worsens in the winter.
Also, this time the government should remain stern about screening people coming from abroad and send them to quarantine mandatorily.
We must educate and empower people to protect themselves from the infection of the virus. It needs no mentioning that self-defence is the best way to prevent a pandemic like corona. We have to involve people with plans and programmes to control the virus. Without people’s involvement and cooperation, it would be well-nigh impossible to control the probable Covid-19 winter wave successfully.
Coronavirus is still here. And we do not have a vaccine for it yet. That means that mask-wearing and social distancing will remain indispensable, and we will need to keep using the same tools scientists have been clamouring for all along: surveillance testing, contact tracing and quarantine.