From March to June this 12 months, nurse Bimlesh Kain, 57, awakened each morning at 5am and travelled 30km from her residence in Rohini to report back to work on the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital by eight.30am. Wearing private protecting gear (PPEs), Kain was on the nurse’s station within the hospital’s Covid-19 ward for an almost 11-hour shift. That was her life for a lot of these months.
“I began work within the Covid-19 division in March when the Covid-19 roster had been formulated, and was on lively Covid-19 responsibility until June. It was a gruelling expertise,” she says. Kain is at present in isolation after being identified with Covid-19, and is awaiting her subsequent posting in one other authorities hospital.
Kain can also be one among India’s Covid-19 warriors, as they’re termed, a drive of well being staff, ASHA and Anganwadi staff volunteers, and other people from hearth departments, whose quantity is now near 16 million (15.89) in keeping with a database maintained by the IT ministry of the Union authorities. It’s a quantity that’s elevated since April, when there have been 11 million Covid warriors — with extra being drafted in to assist India and Indians fight a viral illness for which there’s nonetheless no vaccine, though well being staff have progressively turn out to be higher at saving lives. The illness, first recorded in India on January 30 in a Kerala scholar, has contaminated eight,764,826 folks throughout the nation since, killing 129,129.
However eight,154,463 of these contaminated have recovered, with many not requiring hospitalistion, and India’s case fatality price of 1.48% compares properly with the world’s 2.44% — a statistic during which Covid-19 warriors akin to Kaincan take delight.
Based on particulars accessible on covidwarriors.gov.in, these total numbers embrace round 900,000 docs, 150,000 MBBS college students, 1.75 million nurses, 1.12 million pharmacists, 830,000 Ayurvedic docs, three.5 million ASHA and Anganwadi staff, three.5 million members of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (a voluntary grass-roots youth organisation), and a couple of.5 million members of the Nationwide Service Scheme, one other voluntary scholar organisation.
Whereas the position of the docs, nurses and pharmacists is evident, the others carry out important duties akin to supervising quarantine services, serving to with contact tracing, even monitoring lockdown restrictions. ASHA and Anganwadi staff particularly are on the frontline of the state’s conflict towards the virus in rural areas.
“Covid-19 warriors have completely different roles within the bigger scheme of Covid-19 administration, like we name warriors even these sufferers who’ve recovered from the illness and at the moment are volunteering to generate consciousness in regards to the illness, the necessity for testing and Covid-19 applicable behaviour, amongst different issues. States are making use of those folks. Then there are frontline staff, members of civil defence, NGOs, and so forth, which might be additionally our corona warriors,” stated a well being ministry official, who wished to stay nameless.
“Then there are ASHA staff who contribute in direction of illness surveillance, particularly in containment zones in lots of states by making door-to-door visits, mapping homes for high-risk circumstances,” the official added.
Round 1.36 million Covid-19 warriors have undergone coaching on the Built-in Authorities On-line Coaching (iGOT) platform.
The platform is an inter-ministerial collaboration, and particular person ministries can add content material on the web site in keeping with their particular person necessities.
“There are internet modules created to show, for instance, bio medical waste administration, dispose of non-public safety tools, an infection management and hygiene practices, and so forth. These have been created in a fast, easy-to-learn format,” stated a senior authorities official who requested to not be named.
The Covid-19 warrior dashboard itself comes beneath the purview of one of many empowered teams arrange by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March to fight Covid-19. No such database was beforehand accessible. The dashboard is developed and maintained by the Nationwide Informatics Centre beneath the ministry of data and know-how.
Consultants stated it at all times helps to have an actual thought of the human useful resource at hand .
“In an outbreak scenario it’s a good suggestion to have a complete listing of skilled manpower that may be utilised based mostly on the requirement of a state,” says Dr MC Misra, former director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.