A Look at some of the recommendations by Health practitioners, researchers and academics to the Government to tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic
- A Panel of health experts and social scientists at Central, State and district levels should b constituted to address the health and humanitarian crisis.
- Comprehensive data, including test results, should be made available in the public domain
- The nationwide lockdown should be replaced with cluster specific restrictions.
- Routine health service at primary, secondary and tertiary levels can be started with adequate protection for health workers.
- Rapid scaling up of public health services and research should be done with allocation of 5% of GDP to health expenditure at the Central and state levels.
- States lagging behind on testing must catch-up.
Amendment on New Map Tabled in Nepal Parliament
The government of Nepal on Sunday tabled the crucial Constitution Amendment Bill to formalise the country’s new map, which claims parts of India as its territory.
- The Constitution Second Amendment Bill will change the Schedule 3 of the Nepalese Constitution and replace the existing map.
- The new map depicts the sliver of strategically important land covering Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as part of Nepal. The area is part of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.
Source: The Hindu
- The Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India.
- Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory — India as part of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.
Source: The Hindustan Times
Supporting Vulnerable groups in Post lockdown Phase
A genuinely universal PDS with adequate supplies of foodgrain, ensuring that no one is left behind, must be provided in all States.
- Cash supplements should reach all intended beneficiaries.
- This needs to be underscored, as surveys of workers who lost jobs after the pandemic indicate rising hunger levels and missing financial support.
- Some sections, such as Dalits, women, and low-skilled workers are even worse off.
- For the elderly, vulnerable individuals and children below 10, the Centre’s advice is to shelter in place even during the relaxation phase. This is medically sound advice, but cannot be done over a long period in big cities.
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Disaster Management Act, 2005
The orders were issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, invoked for the first time in the country since the legislation was drafted after the tsunami in 2004.
The Act also, for the first time, introduced a legal framework for disaster management in the country, with the Ministry being the nodal Ministry. Under the Act, the States and district authorities can frame their own rules on the basis of broad guidelines issued by the Ministry.
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