You hear so much negative news about India and its COVID situation. Let me share some positive facts that I have come across in just the past two days in my tiny circle of existence. I am using real names in this post.
- My best friend’s 16 year old daughter (Divya) called me to ask if I can cook and package food for 5-10 people to be distributed among hospital workers, funeral workers etc. She and her mother are participating in the mission organized by someone they know.
- I spoke to a friend (Sudha) in Mumbai today, and she said that someone or another in her apartment complex keeps testing positive, and the entire apartment community, irrespective of whether they know the family or not, pools in to supply food and essential supplies to the family with the covid patient.
- A friend’s (Radhakrishna) family tested positive in my community, and neighbours are supporting this family by providing everything they need.
- The university (IIT Madras), in the campus of which I live, provides food for any family with a member tested positive. My next door neighbour (Bhavna) tested positive today and she was impressed and touched with the level of concern and assistance offered by the university.
- This above neighbour (Bhavna) says that the health care system by the State government (Tamil Nadu State) is fantastic – an hour after her tests came out positive (this morning), the corporation sent an ambulance to pick her up from home to take her to a health centre in which she was given an X-ray test, the results of which were instantly sent to the doctor in attendance, and she was taken for a blood test, the results of which were obtained within one hour, and passed on to the doctor, and the doctor met her, asked about her health and living conditions, gave her a packet of medicines, and advised her to quarantine at home. She said the process was methodical, people were courteous to her and everything was smooth sailing.
- Above friend also says that the state government has converted thousands of SUVs into ambulances to bring patients in for testing. She was taken in one of them.
- Remember the friend in point number 3 – Radhakrishna? They are a young couple with a 2-year-old son. Both man and wife tested positive. Since they were both sick, and could not take care of the boy at home, they were given accommodation in a room in a 3-star hotel, converted into a quarantine centre, with room service et al. The husband, unfortunately, developed breathing problems and had to be transferred to a hospital, but the wife and child were well taken care of. She and the child are back home now, and he is better and has been shifted back to the hotel room for monitoring. The wife says she is overwhelmed with all the support she’s been getting.
Yes, we are the country with vaccine shortage. We are the country with corpses floating in the Ganga. We are the country with oxygen shortage related deaths.
But we are also the country with people who look out for each other. It’s easy to forget this in the middle of all the negative cross talk.