Covid-19 has still been ravaging the country even after several months of its first outbreak in March this year. But, astonishingly, a growing unwillingness is being observed among the public to follow the hygiene rules. The people’s attitude is giving a false impression that the deadly virus has been brought under control and as such normalcy has come back all over. But, such fake impression is in stark contrast to the bitter truth. As per yesterday’s health update, the fatal virus claimed 15 lives and infected 1,436 others. Public indifference to health rules has kept the infection rate still high.
As the infection rate will not come down on its own, the government has adopted the ‘No Mask-No Service’ policy to compel people follow health guidelines. The administration has decided that no service will be provided to people who will not wear face masks. As part of the campaign, posters encouraging people to wear masks will have to be pasted on the notice boards of both government and non-government organisations. This is one of the steps to bring down the infection rate which is a welcome move. But, unmasked crowds are frequently seen moving in haats, bazaars, tea stalls and shopping malls, with little thought to the implications of the unhindered movements.Although the first wave of the pandemic is yet to recede, the second wave is thought to be imminent as health experts fear. As the winter is approaching fast, the second wave is not far away. If it happens then the country will probably witness a surge in virus infections. So, refusal to wear face masks is unacceptable. Strict measures like imposition of fine and on-the-spot jail sentence should be awarded to those who flout health rules. The second wave of the virus can be prevented effectively if the official instruction is implemented properly.
However, both strictness and awareness are essential to prevent spread of the virus. Therefore, alongside taking strict steps, awareness campaigns should also be conducted regularly to make people aware about the health issues. Then and only then, the official instruction is likely to yield a positive result.