In the Covid-19 bat­tle, Delhi turns to vol­un­teers

Use them for con­tact trac­ing and mon­i­tor­ing those in home iso­la­tion

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - COMMENT -

Last week, Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal un­veiled a scheme to in­volve non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs), vol­un­teers, the Na­tional Cadet Corps and Na­tional Ser­vice Scheme Cadets, and scouts to join the fight against the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Asymp­to­matic in­di­vid­u­als and those work­ing for NGOs and within the 18-55 age bracket can join the ef­fort. The vol­un­teers will be de­ployed to sur­vey sus­pected cases; strengthen sur­veil­lance and man­age­ment of iso­la­tion cases; man­age Covid-19 helplines; and as­sist se­nior cit­i­zens, among other steps.

The cap­i­tal is fac­ing a cri­sis. With of­fi­cial fig­ures pro­ject­ing up to 532,000 Covid-19 cases by the end of July, Delhi needs to mas­sively ramp up its test­ing and health in­fra­struc­ture in terms of hos­pi­tal beds, per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ments, oxy­gen cylin­ders and ven­ti­la­tors. It will also need a much larger num­ber of health care per­son­nel. While there can be no sub­sti­tute for the do­main knowl­edge and skills that doc­tors, nurses, paramed­i­cal staff, and Ac­cred­ited So­cial Health Ac­tivists (ASHA) bring to health care, in this time of cri­sis, ad­di­tional de­ploy­ment of per­son­nel to as­sist is help­ful. Th­ese vol­un­teers from civil so­ci­ety must be used for two tasks in par­tic­u­lar. The first is con­tact trac­ing, and the sec­ond is en­sur­ing more rig­or­ous sur­veil­lance for those in home iso­la­tion. Delhi needs all the hands it can get.

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