Today is the day Belgaumites dreaded for a long and prayed it would never come but it did. The Covid burst has hit the patients so badly, that a common man is left with nothing but folded hands and prayer on his lips. The only silver lining is that the helping hands of thousands of people of Belagavi have come together without a thought for anything else but to save one patient at a time.
At the Help Desk that we’re operating at Bharatesh, we are inundated with frantic calls inquiring for ambulances, oxygen and ventilator beds. I can only imagine what the situation must be at hospitals actually treating the patients.
Patients’ names with covid scores and other details were being circulated from one support group to the other.
Good samaritans were seen sharing whatever leads they had about oxygen, ambulances, medicines like Fabiflu and ventilator beds availability. People who were out on the roads with patients in ambulances, frantically searching for beds at hospitals with oxygen, were seen in a dazed look. Hundreds of people at oxygen manufacturers and at hospitals. Thousands of calls are being made in search for the same.
Families are losing multiple members to covid in a span of a few days. Some families are having to choose between which of the three or four members to save. I just witnessed a family who decided to save the young son over his octogenarian mother who is also in hospital. She may not get an oxygen bed soon while the only one that they managed was given to the son.
We all are aware our doctors must be facing hundreds of such cases every day. The deceased are not getting the iron rack for cremation and many are having to be cremated, with much delay, on the ground itself because the pyres are burning non-stop.
Belagavi needs prayers today.
People and organizations are coming forward to offer food and medicines, daily essentials, and isolation facilities. Hospitals have expanded their capacity, doctors are working round the clock. The officials and administration must be having a tough time too.
But remember, no one can create oxygen from thin air when the supplies run out. Only we can save ourselves by staying safe and keeping others safe.
But even now, we are seeing people cooly flouting covid norms. The market is full of fools without masks. I see weddings happening nearby with no one wearing a mask. The workers who come to put up the pandal and sound system wear none either.
When are we going to wake up?
The administration will not spare any efforts I’m sure, in getting the facilities for the patients. But if people do not behave responsibly, the overstretched healthcare system may exact a heavy toll on the city’s people for this criminal disregard for others’ safety.
Wake up Belagavi. Pull up the irresponsible people.
Stop them on the road, like I’m doing. Ask them to wear a mask.
Wash your hands. Take steam daily. Stay indoors as much as possible.
It is not funny anymore to ride your bike around feeling bold to have missed the watchful eyes of the police. It’s no fun to roam around just because you’re bored at home. Don’t test the times, for when the tide changes, you will be left repenting.