REQUEST TO CONSIDER A STRICT -STRUCTURED STATE-WIDE LOCKDOWN TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS AND AVERT FURTHER LOSS OF LIVES : Manoj M Caculo, PRESIDENT – GCCI
As you are well aware, Goa is currently facing the biggest health emergency in its history. The second wave of the Covid pandemic appears to be running out of control and we have seen the rate of positivity as well as fatalities breaking new records every day for the last 10 days. The rapid spread of the Corona virus has put the entire health infrastructure in the state under tremendous pressure – the shortage of hospital spaces and inability to cope with the growing number of cases, shortage of medical equipment and essentials like oxygen, vaccination doses etc and over stressing of the medical professionals and health care workers are beginning to take its toll on the healthcare infrastructure and many fear its breaking down if no severe corrective measures are adopted soon.
It is more than a year now that we first encountered this pandemic and from the worldwide experience over the last one year, we have learnt that the best way to control the pandemic is total lockdown to ensure that the virus transmission chain is broken. Form our own experience last year we know that it was the total lockdown from 22nd March till 4th May that actually helped us in controlling the virus from spreading.
Unfortunately, this time around, we have so far been reluctant to use the tried and tested method and seem to be concentrating more on the economic revival rather than survival of the citizens.
While we appreciate the various measures the State administration is taking to overcome the crisis, it appears that measures like partial lock downs are not showing the desired results.
There is a growing concern in the minds of the citizens and the local authorities that is reflected in several of the Village Panchayats and Municipalities declaring their own lockdowns which are in contrast to the partial lockdowns imposed by the District Administrations.
We accept that the Village Panchayats and the Municipalities are more aware of the local conditions and their efforts reflect their sense of urgency, but having two conflicting sets of lockdowns are not an ideal solution – not only for the citizenry but also for the trade and industry.
Sir, we submit that the healthcare infrastructure in the State is already on the brink of being overwhelmed, and there is urgent need to take the extreme measure of total lockdown for at least 15 days with a view to arrest the increasing number of positive cases and fatalities and give much required breather to revive the Healthcare systems and the health workers to rejuvenate and ramp up the capacities and capabilities.
As the oldest industry association in the State we recommend a total and strict lockdown in the State. A few exemptions as mentioned in the Annexure I may kindly be considered.
It should be made mandatory to have negative RTPCR certificate to enter the state of Goa.
We request you to kindly review the situation and consider the suggestion of total lockdown in the State for at least 15 days.