The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases has been exponential in the second wave. On June 18th, 2020 India recorded 11,000 cases and in the next 60 days, 35,000 new cases on average every day. On 10th February 2020 at the start of the second wave, India confirmed 11,000 cases and in the next 50 days, the daily average cases rose to around 22,000 cases. But the northeast region was the last one to report coronavirus cases during the first wave of the pandemic & it also reported the least number of deaths.
In the state of Sikkim, no new cases were recorded on April 1. The total number of cases in the state was 6,235. But on the 15th of April, 41 new cases were reported, taking the state’s cumulative count to 6,497. Due to an upsurge in the number of cases, the state government issued a notification stating that the shops would remain closed over the weekend to contain the virus but rations shops and pharmacy would be exempted.
Experts say that this rapid increase shows that the second wave is spreading much faster across the country. The surge is expected to badly hit the Northeast region. The proximity and interconnectedness of the State make Sikkim entirely vulnerable to the contagious virus.
As the number of infected escalates even in the rural areas of Sikkim, the state government, to curb the further spread, has enforced a strict lockdown over the entire State, because of which the livelihood of many was affected. This comes against the backdrop of the resurgence of covid cases once again catching Sikkim’s creaking healthcare system flat-footed, with reports of acute shortage of PPE kits, Oximeters, N95 Masks, and vaccines.
Why SOCH by SEED CELL?
Soch by Seed Cell which has currently tied up with the Government of Sikkim to monitor the home isolated Covid-19 patients by tele-calling. Soch by Seed Cell currently has 350+ volunteering and are currently monitoring the entire Sikkim’s Covid-19 patients. Apart from monitoring the patients, Soch also cater to all the dry ration, medicine, doctor-on-call, ambulance and all the emergency needs of the patients.
Soch is currently running a community kitchen in Gangtok, Sikkim to provide meals to frontline workers, health workers and for the home isolated patients who are in need of cooked food. Currently Soch is also running a toll free helpline for registration for vaccination and is actively promoting the vaccination drive in Sikkim.
When we were monitoring these patients, we got to know that most of the patients don’t have basic monitoring kit like oximeters and thermometers. Government of Sikkim is currently providing Covid Care Kit to all the patients and we intend to add these monitoring devices in the kit. This will help us monitor them better which could save many lives. We as a state are fighting this pandemic for more than a month but we are not able to flatten the curve.
1. Society for Promotion of Art, Culture, Education & Environmental Excellence
2. Bytesberry (Technology Support)
3. Suyen Foods (Community Kitchen)