To discuss the pertinent topic of the time, measures to tackle the spread of the second wave in rural areas and the health crisis following the Pandemic, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi and Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli organized a Panel Discussion with eminent panelists on “Rural Realities | Tamil Nadu Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave”on May 22, 2021.
Mr. Subramania Siva Managing Trustee, Service Initiative for Voluntary Action Trust, Coimbatore, emphasized the role of NGO. While the NGOs have been pulled in at the state level to collaborate, the same needs to be done at the district level too. He criticized the negative propaganda spreading through social media against vaccination and its influence on the learned.
He suggested, “since MGNREGA works are continuing in some rural areas, the government could drive to such locations to do on the spot vaccination”. It is only through innovative methods that maximum inoculation can be attained.
Mr. Subramania Siva suggested avoiding the blame game and collectively involving all stakeholders to eradicate the virus.