(This was originally posted in Economic Times by Manu Pubby)
Forces Get Emergency Funds, Retired Personnel To Be Roped In The armed forces have been given emergency procurement powers and all departments have been told to work on a war footing to help civil administration throughout the country in the battle against Covid-19.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, who held a virtual meeting on the public health crisis with top officials on Tuesday, has also suggested that retired armed forces personnel, who have been vaccinated, be roped in to assist state governments to deal with the situation. As reported, the minister has also asked the armed forces to remain in touch with chief ministers across states where formations are based to identify where they can be of assistance to augment health infrastructure.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).