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Letters to the Editor: 10 February, 2020

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Why punish all if few are responsible for honking mischievously?

Mumbai Traffic police’s decision to install decibel-driven ‘punishment signal’ at 10 junctions across the city on an experiment basis is sans logic. Some mischievous driver with a lot of time at his disposal may honk non-stop for fun and why should others at the signal pay for his madness. Others in the traffic may have a lot of important work to attend and it would also create a traffic jam as some queues may even extend to the previous signal causing chaos and blocking traffic from all sides.

Punish those who honk and not all. It is like a teacher punishing the entire class for the mischief of one or two students. You actually don’t need to honk if traffic discipline is followed as a rule religiously. RTO should keep honking fines exorbitantly high to discourage people from honking. Mumbai is the commercial capital of the country and time is money for most. Doctors and other professionals have important job to attend and some could even be life saving. RTO should rethink on this proposal and only punish those who are responsible for breaking rules!


Kerala shows the way

The Kerala health ministry under the leadership of Health minister K K Shailaja has to be lauded for the exemplary and stupendous work done to contain the dangerous  novel Coronavirus disease which made it’s entry into the state a few days ago with three patients under treatment in isolated wards of hospitals in Trichur, Alappuzha and Kasargod districts in the state. The minister who boldly led  the medical  team to encounter the deadly Nipah virus epidemic two years back is again back into action to fight yet another deadly virus epidemic now doing  the rounds in China and other Asian nations.

Kerala’s preparedness and response to the Coronavirus  has been so comprehensive and swift that other states have  started to take it’s lessons and tactics to be implemented in their own.

The lesson that Kerala learnt from the Nipah outbreak two years ago , which claimed 17 lives, and the way in which the whole state overcame the epidemic is in itself an action packed story where every citizen of the state had a role to play. The health officials, the police, the panchayats, other local bodies, local health volunteers, politicians, the press and the commoner alerted and supported one another for the containment of Nipah and now the same is being repeated for the Coronavirus epidemic. There is a robust awareness campaign underway. Around 2,239 individuals are under surveillance for Coronavirus and 84 are in hospitals. A tracking system monitors everyone coming into the state from high-risk destinations and also those who have come into contact with suspected cases.
The five  international airports  in the state is alert to the core and the medical teams are ready 24×7 to trace, track, carry patients and doubtful cases for check up and treatment. The same awareness and tracking is done at seaports and railway stations. Passengers with symptoms are immediately shifted to hospitals.  The biggest plus point is that ordinary citizens are also ever ready to help and support the authorities.

Medical professionals have been imparted special training to deal with emergencies. The healthcare facilities and awareness among the people in the state undoubtedly makes the situation sans  panic. Awareness, confidence, grit and determination undoubtedly help to overcome such health crisis rather than getting succumbed to pressure, panic and phobia. Half the battle is won  when there is no panic and pressure.

M Pradyu

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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