We are an unlucky generation that has to experience the menace of the pandemic, Covid-19. The entire world is in the grip of the Corona Virus. Millions of people worldwide are getting infected on a daily basis. Lakhs have already succumbed to death. The world is going through the most disastrous phase of the time that nobody would like to remember in the future after we come victorious over the virus. But one aspect that will always be remembered is the Importance of Doctors, nurses, various other health care professionals, Sanitation workers, and the Police. We are for life, indebted to these warriors. These are the true heroes who are fighting to keep us safe. With negligible appreciation given to their efforts, these earnest workers are serving and protecting mankind. No fame, no publicity, no photographs; simple devotion to work, country and the people.
The debt though cannot be repaid with any amount of valuable possessions; we all should take whatever small, little, tiny steps we can to thank them, show them our gratitude.
From clapping to lighting candles, the Centre is making efforts to keep people united at this critical juncture and appreciate those who are at the forefront of the nation’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In place of such efforts, the government recently planned to shower flowers on our saviors, the doctors, on May 3, 2020, around 10 to 10:30 a.m. using helicopters.
While we sit in the comfort of our homes, complaining and cribbing about the crisis, our bosses, the hectic work from home schedule, the increased work pressure, the stress, the anxiety, the loneliness, the government, the lockdown, the boredom and what not; these nonpareil humans are working incessantly, with no attention towards their wellbeing.
We have witnessed heart trenching encounters of these warriors not being able to attend their child’s birth or their parents’ last rites. These sacrifices are arduous to make, they can haunt you for life, sadden you to the core, with no means of going back or get compensated for the loss that can stay for the entire life, pushing you down into an abyss of guilt. But these braveheart warriors, with no second thought, put their duty towards mankind at apogee.
The showering of flowers was a very small effort to show that we are beholden to them forever.
As quoted in The Hindu-
Chetak helicopter of the Navy will shower flowers on the hospital at 10.15 a.m. and aircraft such as Dornier, Sea King, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), and Chetak will carry out a fly-past soon after. A steam-past by seven fast interceptor craft has also been arranged in a show of gratitude to all those fighting the pandemic.
The petals were showered across 23 locations in the country which included Delhi, Leh, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Mumbai, Jaipur, Dispur, Itanagar, Trivandrum and Chennai.
The flowers, representing our gratitude, were showered at the following Delhi-NCR hospitals-
- Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
- GTB Hospital
- Loknayak Hospital
- Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
- Safdarjang Hospital
- Sri Ganga Ram Hospital
- Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital
- Max Saket, Rohini Hospital
- Apollo Indraprastha Hospital
- Army Hospital Research and Referral.
The fighter aircraft formations, comprising of the Sukhoi-30 MKI, MiG-29 and Jaguar, were presented. The spectacle was visible to the public, hit by boredom in the lockdown.
Apart from this, several Coast Guard ships also carried out illumination, fire green flares, and sound ships siren, covering the coastline of 7516 km.
The images of the operations were enough to give goosebumps. It was a perfect amalgamation of the skills of our defense force, their unflinching devotion towards their duty and staunch support to their country. They were just perfect!
The event concluded with a grand display of Indian Air Force transport aircraft flying over Hussain Sagar Lake to pay tribute to all the coronavirus warriors.
But we all must remember that this gratitude shouldn’t be just abstract, it needs to materialize. Contrary to this, the incidents of stone-pelting, house evictions, assaults, threats, and attacks on corona warriors are shocking and show a very ugly face of the society.
How can society be so thankless? They are serving us, saving our lives. And we only have scars to return them? This is atrocious!
With the norm of minimum doctor to patient ratio being at 1 to every 1000 patients, as suggested by WHO, we lag abysmally with a 1:1445 ratio. And in this critical time, they are loaded with even more work. But the point is that in the absence of appropriate PPE for healthcare staff, their risk of getting exposed to the virus increases to many folds. And we will never want to lose these gems at any cost. Arrangement of enough and appropriate PPE kits for our corona warriors is the need of the hour!
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned about a shortage of PPE kits, “Without secure supply chains, the risk to healthcare workers around the world is real. Industry and governments must act quickly to boost supply, ease export restrictions and put measures in place to stop speculation and hoarding. We can’t stop Covid-19 without protecting health workers first.” This says it all.
It’s time we realize this spiked, microscopic element is menacing and cataclysmic. And we need our angel warriors to eschew and attrite it.
We thank and salute the corona warriors for their thankless service and the sacrifice they are making on a daily basis.