Double crisis

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Double crisis

Once Kerala was honoured for excellent work against Covid-19 spread and the number of Covid-19 cases were very low. Later, it lost its esteem and it became the state with most cases along with Maharashtra and Punjab. The misfortune of the state seems to have no end. Now, Kerala which is described as God’s own Country has been trapped in yet another crisis. As the problem with Covid-19 was not sufficient, the destiny has bombarded Kerala with Nipah disease pandemic. It is more dangerous than Covid-19. Coronavirus is spread with extreme speed in the state and now Nipah cases have been found  with one boy with Nipah has died. The fact that, the  number of Covid-19 cases in Kerala is more than total number of cases in the country shows how intensely pandemic has gripped the state. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to relax some restrictions in Onam festival and now it is being alleged that, it has given rise to increase in number of cases. This has brought record increase in Covid cases. The reason why Kerala is seeing such high number of cases is clearly evident. Kerala government did not heed to Supreme Court’s warning not to relax three days restrictions from Corona curfew. The people turnout was record higher in these three days and as a result, the state has been once again gripped by deadly disease. The Corona crisis has become extremely fierce in Kerala which had become once an example for entire country in terms of controlling spread of virus. in fact, Kerala has been under the attack of double crisis. Once it is fighting against Covid-19 and on the other hand, it has to fight now with Nipah virus disease. A 12 year boy in Kozikode has succumbed to this new disease which is more lethal than Coronavirus. With his death, Kerala’s task to get freed from Corona disaster has become  more complicated. This is a beginning of a disaster which has no medical solution so far and the patient has to silently succumb to its terror. The rate of deaths due to Nipah is more than Coronavirus and so it has giving sleepless nights to Kerala government. Also, the speed of virus spread is more than Corona. Now, central team has reached Kerala and it is coordinating efforts to control the dangerous virus. Kerala government is also showing urgency in implementing contact tracing, awareness and quarantine process is a commendable thing. The government health machinery has traced the people who have come in contact with the dead boy and the alertness has been increased surrounding their houses. But the real worry is that, the rate of death due to Nipah virus is 70 percent and no vaccine is available to destroy the virus. The duty of any health administration should be to stop the spread of virus at the initial stage and  humanity will have to pay the heavy price for any lapse in this. Otherwise, this will turn into a pandemic and the losses due to Nipah pandemic will be unimaginable. Last year, Kerala administration had been able to stop this virus spread at local level. The only solution to control the virus is prevention and alertness. But the problem is that, first symptoms should be seen in patient which is difficult. Later, Corona protocol can be imposed. This is not the first time that, Nipah virus has shown its presence in Kerala. In 2018, 17 out of 18 Nipah virus patients had died. The government had done a combating policy against the virus and it had controlled it. The borders of Kerala need to be sealed especially of Tamilnadu. The other states also need to be alert and seal borders adjoining Kerala. The health machinery is carefully watching other young boys who have come in contact with dead boy. Central team is coordinating with state machinery in technical terms. Kerala should come out of this new disaster which is concerned with respiratory disease and ultimately, human brains is damaged. This double crisis has pushed back Kerala to many miles.