COVID-19 virus spread in Patna not because of migrants, but due to social functions, lack of awareness, says study
There were no essential unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic due to migrants in Patna district of Bihar but “lack of awareness about social distancing and sporting of mask by human beings resulted in the brief spread of the virus”, stated a sociological study.
Marriages and different social functions too contributed in large part to this unfold, added the study “Learning From COVID-19 cases — A Sociological Study of Patna District, Bihar” carried out by retired civil servant K.C. Saha and published by the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI).
Over 25 lakh migrants had returned back to Bihar during March 2020 and June 2021 from across the country and have been said to be the carrier of the lethal virus.
The study has encouraged numerous measures for further movement to “reinforce efforts to deal with such pandemics in future”.
“Despite the return of such huge quantity of migrants, there had not been any major spread of COVID-19 virus because of them”, stated the 36-page study paper while adding, “the lack of awareness about social distancing and wearing of mask by people, however, resulted in the brief unfold of the virus”.
“Intermingling of people in busy markets, marriages and different social functions contributed in large part to the spread of the virus. Infection amongst women elevated during marriages as there is a custom in Bihar of group singing by girls for the whole night time for some days before the marriage date,” the study stated.
The study additionally revealed that most quantity of positive cases amongst men was in July 2020 and April 2021 in the age organization of 21-40 and 41-60.
‘Negligible spread in slums’ the data of 23,344 positive cases of Patna city also means that the Sars-Cov2 virus spread was negligible in slum regions but “intense in city”.
“None of the slums reported a single case of COVID-19, while many VIP regions of city reported a number of cases. Except for 3-4 persons, none of the 7,300 sanitary staff of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), who mostly stay in slums, or their family members have been suffering from COVID-19”, the study stated.
“Remote panchayats had most effective few instances of COVID-19. It has been learnt that panchayats in the Tal vicinity of Mokama block (where waterlogging is witnessed for 6 months in a year) had no COVID-19 cases,” delivered the study.
The study in addition suggested “strengthening of the system of Disease Surveillances and Laboratory Testing Infrastructure through proper training of key officials”.
The study has suggested “involvement of Panchayati Raj organization in health crisis, setting up linkages with rural health practitioners and different private doctors, preparation of panchayat health maps which incorporates each minute health details of a panchayat, research on public health, training of health personnel, ordinary national and regional level workshops on COVID-19 and a suitable protocol for disposal of biomedical waste”.