Dr. RC Lamichhane

Corona virus has created the new world order and halted the world for last 5 months and is likely to continue for few more months. It has taken around 120 thousand lives while infecting more than two million during this short span of the time. However, the scenario is not completely pessimistic as it seems because some of the patients have been recovered from the disease and show that average death rate from this disease is around 2% only excluding countries such as USA, Italy and Spain where death rate is slightly higher. According to the secretary general of UN, it is the most devastating human crisis after Second World War. US President Donald Trump has also forecasted the death of around 2 million people globally due to this pandemic. The shortage of the medical equipment in the developed world and shortage of human sources, medical equipment and corruption in developing and least developed countries portrays a clear picture of possible crisis during and after the pandemic.  It has not only warned to the science and technology but also warned the western civilization of handshakes and hug culture. It has instructed science to invent much more and show the humanitarian and brotherhood for harmonic and happy living in multiple crises. It has also erased the demarcation between rich and poor as well as superiors and inferiors implying that the pandemic doesn’t differentiate. The economic and atomic superpowers too face a grave situation and the present scenario marks the beginning of failure of capitalist model.  This opens a huge possibility of change in world order after this crisis. If all the safety measures were adopted since the inception of the disease this scenario could have been avoided but not doing so created this pandemic.

The actual information and coping strategy are pivotal to be resilient in this disease. Due to lack of actual information and rumor that is circulating about the Corona has created a state of panic among the citizens. The private hospitals are not taking admission to the patients for simple fever and could coughs. They have been referring the patients to other government hospitals. Local people and ambulance are dreading to escort the patient to the hospital due to fear of transmission. This scenario has escalated due to the lack of PPE for health officials and ambulance drivers. This scenario has adversely affected the regular patients and they have been sidelined from the treatment and are losing their lives. The unethical responses from private hospitals raise questions on the significance of the private hospitals and medical services.

RC Lamichhane

Corona virus has created the new world order and halted the world for last 5 months and is likely to continue for few more months. It has taken around 120 thousand lives while infecting more than two million during this short span of the time. However, the scenario is not completely pessimistic as it seems because some of the patients have been recovered from the disease and show that average death rate from this disease is around 2% only excluding countries such as USA, Italy and Spain where death rate is slightly higher. According to the secretary general of UN, it is the most devastating human crisis after Second World War. US President Donald Trump has also forecasted the death of around 2 million people globally due to this pandemic. The shortage of the medical equipment in the developed world and shortage of human sources, medical equipment and corruption in developing and least developed countries portrays a clear picture of possible crisis during and after the pandemic.  It has not only warned to the science and technology but also warned the western civilization of handshakes and hug culture. It has instructed science to invent much more and show the humanitarian and brotherhood for harmonic and happy living in multiple crises. It has also erased the demarcation between rich and poor as well as superiors and inferiors implying that the pandemic doesn’t differentiate. The economic and atomic superpowers too face a grave situation and the present scenario marks the beginning of failure of capitalist model.  This opens a huge possibility of change in world order after this crisis. If all the safety measures were adopted since the inception of the disease this scenario could have been avoided but not doing so created this pandemic.

Nepal cannot remain isolated in this huge crisis. It has impacted the whole system of the individual as well as country’s life. It is not only responsibility of health ministry but also the responsibility of every individual, family, community, society and nation to fight this pandemic together. It has created the new situations in our life and society which has both positive and negative impacts. Currently, we are in a great battle filed. Neither atomic, chemical weapons nor political power and economic supremacy will work on it. The right intentions and decisions of the individual and responsible and accountable governing rules of the country will help to win this battle field.  If we can cultivate and spread the positive sides of the Corona created situation then it will help us fight this pandemic but if we focus on the negative aspects only and blame each other then we are likely to lose this battle.  So, the choice is ours. Our thinking is the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic.

Since this is a new disease, the medicine is not found at all. The lab test ensures the situation and determines further ways of treatment. So lab test is highly recommended after suspicious symptoms. If the symptoms are discovered on time the treatment will be easy and possible. However, prevention is highly recommended as it is the major treatment of this disease. China overcame this pandemic due to its preventive measures. However, treatment was appreciated as many people recovered. The peoples’ solidarity with the government was praiseworthy in China. As stich at time save nines, the government initiation on time produced the positive impacts in the situation in China, Vietnam and Nepal.

The treatment is complex after spread of the pandemic but timely preparedness produces the worthy result to check this pandemic. The right decision of Nepalese premier Mr. KP Oli to completely lock down the country was a very important move to prevent the spread of contamination of Corona Virus throughout the country. However, some errors from the government are in ground and creating suspect of mass contamination. Mr. Oli himself is a current Kidney transplant patient and recovering in his health status. However, his extraordinary willingness and decision power has been leading the country in right direction to fight against Corona. Till now only 8 international travellers and one domestic person are identified as contaminated and one of them is completely recovered and 8 of them are under treatment. Other many people are tested and many are under the process to test all over the country. Hopefully, the country will be successful in preventing the spread of the virus. If all the people and organization of the country cooperate with the government, Nepal is very likely to win the battle.

People can continue all the agricultural activities at rural areas under the close observation of local medical person and government representatives if outsiders have not entered in the villages. The national political parties can play significant roles to aware the people and supply the information to the government. The great network of Nepalese political parties can contribute for identification of the rural situation since they have very nice network up-to the small cluster level. The assistance of the provincial and local government under federal government initiation is exemplary. The great initiation of Rupa rural municipality of Gandaki Province is commendable. Rupa Rural municipality is supporting farmers to continue all the farms activities within rural municipality and keep the production activities under strict surveillance. Other municipality and rural municipalities can replicate the same models as well. If all municipalities work in innovative ways the production and economic activities will remain dynamic.

There is serious need to shift the media priorities from broadcasting only the negative sides of the present scenario to the positive side as well. The negative connotation of the situation and media rumor are terrorizing the people and creating mass depression. The depression impacts the personal immune system and makes situation even more complex. It is high time to appreciate all the efforts given from various sectors and exchange the positive news and views rather creating the havoc, spreading the rumors and blaming each other.  Immense discussion on positive impacts of the current intervention in various countries can create innovation ideas to cope with the corona.

Our dissatisfaction over the state supply is not the result of the immediate actions of the current government rather they are result of the wrong development priorities, policies and plans of different governments from the ages. Our blunt supports to the incapable, irresponsible and unaccountable leaders are equally responsible. Are we ready to accept our weakness rather than only blaming the government and service providers? However, this is not right time to discuss in this topic. This is time to support the governments’ initiation and take the personal care in intensive way but we need to keep continuing the discussion about the relevancy of the privatization of the health institutions. Such profit making institutions always play with peoples’ life for the sake of profit. We need to learn a part from this incident.  The communist government  should take immediate action against private medical institutions and dismiss their permission of operation without further delay. Such actions will definitely create positive vibration in the country.

The acts of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, administrative staff members of the government hospitals, Nepal police, Nepal Army, Armed Police, Representatives’ of the local government, volunteers and journalists are so encouraging. They deserve the special salute for their unconditional hard work. However, some of the house lords have shown the very inhumane behavior towards their tenant from medical professions. Some of the medical stores and business houses are taking unwanted benefits of the situation. The government must keep eyes on them and assure people for effective service delivery.

The current situation is out of our control. Corona has changed the entire situation and evolved a new situation. We cannot control the situation but can change our thinking style. Our thinking style is in our control. We need to learn to change the thinking style in this dynamic context. If we can change our thinking and search the positive cores of this newly emerged situation we can make our life easy and productive. The regular thinking pattern cannot cope with this adverse situation but no one is going to help us to cope with this situation apart from ourselves. We need to understand that our thinking has the prime roles in our daily life. If the people of the rural areas can change their thinking then they can innovate new ideas to cope with the situation and regulate the daily life very easily.  The intense positive thinking of individual increases the immune system. The positive conversation among the citizens can create the foundation of the creative thinking in the individual, which ultimately encourages searching the solution of the every problems in the creative way.

Despite the measures such as social distancing, washing hands frequently and other preventive methods, the personal thinking is far more important to cope with this crisis. We have only two options either positive or negative thinking. The positive thinking will make us creative, innovative and proactive.  Negative thinking makes us destructive, fragmented and pessimistic and ultimately leads towards frustration and depression.  It is our personal choice on which of the paths to choose. Our happiness is in our own hand if the positive thinking can be flourished.    

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