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.
Prof G. Palanithurai Former Professor, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, highlighted the lack of institutional preparedness in the second wave, which however was better in the first wave. The unpreparedness is attributed to the negligence of political parties.
He stressed “responsible wellbeing” is imperative to prepare the citizens and to overcome the pandemic. The current government is exerting serious effort to build a health movement on the same line. Moreover, the media has the responsibility to communicate messages comprehensively and prepare the citizens to approach the situation with the right frame of mind.
Prof G. Palanithurai called for the need to recruitMore and more volunteers to assist the burdened medical team.