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ED: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

  • Published at 02:53 am July 24th, 2021
Myanmar Covid
AFP

Authorities concerned must ensure that resources are funneled towards health care services

As we enter a new phase of lockdown, we do so with the knowledge that both cases and death rates are on the rise.

In such a situation, while we do everything to ensure that the situation is not exacerbated by further carelessness and negligence for the lockdown to be effective, it is also imperative that our health care system is prepared for those that do get sick and provide them with the treatment necessary to make a recovery.

With the Delta variant proving to be more dangerous, this is especially important and, in this regard, it is encouraging to note the government’s acquisition of 180 tons of oxygen from our neighbouring India on an emergency basis.

With the spiking death rates -- over 200 per day as of last count -- experts had warned that Bangladesh could potentially be facing a medical oxygen crisis, preventing critically affected patients from receiving the treatment they so desperately need.

The sort of efficiency and eagerness shown in this regard is exactly what is needed moving forward, and we would do well to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst when it comes to a situation as volatile as the coronavirus pandemic.

Time and again, we have been taken by surprise by the coronavirus, either by its highly contagious nature, or by its ability to evolve into different and more potent variants.

As such, authorities concerned must ensure that resources are funneled towards health care services in order to provide Covid-19 patients with the treatment necessary, regardless of their financial status.

 

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