God, I really miss 2019. Yes, I know we share the same set of emotions because this new normal is really getting on my nerves now, but again, the only way to stop this phase from extending is by adopting the norms of the new normal and by following all the protocols. The second wave of the COVID-19 is holding a tight grip on our country and due to this, the healthcare facilities are becoming scarce as the cases are doubling every single minute. Recently, Indian film director, producer, and actor Satish Kaushik tested positive and he had a lot to say about the health facility for Covid-19 affected kids, which often goes neglected.
The actor is better now, but he’s worried about his two house helps and his 8-year-old daughter, Vanshika, who also tested positive. In fact, Vanshika was also hospitalized for a month and she was recently discharged. Seeing the struggle of his daughter, Kaushik realized that this is a tough time for kids, too. The actor was recently seen in Kaagaz alongside Pankaj Tripathi and I totally loved his performance in it.
This is the second wave and kids are also getting infected. It’s a serious matter that needs to be dealt with by our government. Proper care centers and hospitals for kids need to be arranged. They should comprise a specialized team of pediatricians and nurses who can handle kids adequately.
When my daughter, Vanshika, needed a hospital bed, I managed to arrange one for her. But she wasn’t in a hospital that treats kids or has facilities to deal with Covid-19 related issues with kids. Children are getting diagnosed with multi-system inflammatory syndrome and Vanshika, too, had to undergo many tests. When it comes to health infrastructure, we don’t think of kids instantly.
It is a scary situation and things are getting worse. It is the need of the hour and we should start thinking and making provisions for the same.
Clearly, the government needs to look into this matter and see what best can be done as it’s the only way to stop this situation from getting worse. As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure‘, I feel the only best bet to keep the virus at bay is by maintaining social distance, wearing a mark, and by getting vaccinated. It’s going to be a long fight for sure but soon we will get there. Stay safe and stay positive, we are in this together.