Washington: US health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci called the situation in India badly affected by the second wave of Covid-19 “extremely disappointing” and used all the resources, including military forces, to make the Indian government a temporary field hospital immediately. Recommended to use. He also appealed to other countries to provide not only material but also personnel to help India. Excerpts from the interview given by Dr. Fauci to ‘PTI’ in Washington are as follows:
Question: What is your assessment of the situation in India at this time?
Fauci: It is clear that the situation in India is very serious. I mean to say that there is a very high rate of infection. When people are getting infected in such large numbers, not enough care is being taken for everyone, there is a shortage of beds, oxygen and other medical items in hospitals, then it becomes a very depressing situation. In view of this, we feel that the whole world should help in every possible way. India itself can take such steps, which can be dealt with in this very unpredictable situation.
Question: How can the world help India at this time?
Fauci: I think other countries of the world can help India by providing material and personnel, but they must definitely provide the material that India needs to deal with this situation. For example, the United States is providing oxygen with an initial supply of 1,000 oxygen cylinders. It is also providing oxygen concentrators and oxygen producing units. The US is also providing private security equipment to India.
He is also supplying to India the things he needs to produce vaccines himself. The US is also sending quick check kits. We are sending these goods in lakhs. We are also sending Remedesivir medicine. Apart from this, we are working closely with our CDC experts and experts from India in the field of epidemiological surveillance for vaccination. There is an emergency situation in other countries also at this time. India is under extreme pressure due to infection at this time, so in this way other countries of the world should help him like America. I forgot the second question.
Q: What steps should India take to deal with it?
Fauci: Yes, you know that I mentioned this in a conversation with another institution a few days ago. So I am repeating this for you. I mean some things can be done immediately. Some steps can be taken for the medium term and some for the long term. First of all, they should start vaccinating more and more people. Whether they are vaccines developed by them or vaccines purchased from other suppliers like Russia and America. India should take vaccines from whichever country or company is willing to supply vaccines. He should get all vaccinated.
This (by vaccination) will not end the current problem. This will help us stop the problem in several weeks. So, this is a step to be taken in the medium and long term, but this time the immediate step that you have to take, I know that India is already taking it. So, I am not telling you something that you have not been doing since a few days ago.
Lockdown has been implemented in some parts of India. I recommend that you implement lockdown in the country. China did this last year, it did it when the infection spread in Australia, New Zealand did it. Many other countries implemented full lockdown for a limited period. You do not need a six-month lockdown. You can apply lockdown for a few weeks. From the experience of implementing lockdown in other countries, it is clear that lockdown reduces the rate of infection and breaks the infection. This is the first thing.
The second thing that you will remember is that when China had a serious problem last year, it was spending its resources to build new hospitals very fast, so that it can provide the hospital to all those who need to be admitted is. Although I have never visited India myself, but according to recent media reports, there is a severe shortage of hospital beds and people are being looked after in temporary arrangements. India should build field hospitals with the help of its army in the same way as are built during the war, so that those who are sick and who need to be admitted can get beds in the hospital. I would recommend some of these things.
Q: Do you want to say something more about India or to create awareness among Indians?
Fauci: No, I think it is important to have solidarity there, solidarity among the people of the rest of the world, especially in America. We have very close relations with India. I feel very sad that India is going through this very difficult time.