From oxygen tanks to ICU beds, almost all of these were available in far fewer quantities than they were needed at the time
It is concerning news that the Omicron coronavirus variant spreads quicker than the regular variant, with the number of cases doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission.
While the government’s decision to start giving out booster shots to front-line workers and senior citizens is commendable, we have to take an even more pro-active approach if we want to tackle this new variant of the virus, especially with lockdowns being impractical due to economic conditions.
During the previous pandemic stages when the virus was rampant, we saw gross negligence when it came to procuring all that was necessary to fight the virus. From oxygen tanks to ICU beds, almost all of these were available in far fewer quantities than they were needed at the time. The lockdown at the beginning of the year happened because of the government’s reliance on a singular source for vaccines, and their inability to procure vaccines from other sources when that singular source proved ineffective.
The authorities have made great leaps since then, and the fact that the authorities are thinking about booster shots while a lot of countries are facing a lack of vaccines shows the proactiveness and forward-thinking of the government. But this approach has to extend to everything. From hospital beds and ventilators, to ICUs and medicine that helps with corona, we have to stock up on everything and be prepared for the Omicron variant, all the while continuing to effectively and efficiently vaccinate the nation.
The government has done a commendable job of stopping the virus till date. Let’s make sure that remains the case.