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What started as a major problem in China spread to multiple countries. It started with China, but it spread on and on with South Korea. Then it spread to Japan. It spread to Italy and it has also created havoc in Iran as well. So when you speak about Iran, there are Greece, which it borders with, or other countries, one in Afghanistan. The other one is Pakistan. They share long borders with Iran. So Iran is infected. So the menace Iran is infected, obviously, there could be some person who would move towards the borders and this could impact Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is where the President of Afghanistan Ghani has come up with one of the initiatives. He says that we need to have a common framework so that the SAARC
countries as a whole would be able to fight the menace of this coronavirus. He said that the Shanghai Cooperation organizations help should also be taken up so that they could also deal with this issue. Added to this Ghani also proposed that in case there is a possible framework amongst all the SAARC countries if we can create certain diffusion patterns and if we can share it amongst us, this will bring in great cooperation. He also wants to come up with another initiative of telemedicine, which he says will help soon course of action. Now let's take the examples of Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. These are countries that base their economy on tourism, the majority of their economy runs on tourism. People from India, people from the USA people from multiple other countries enter these countries. So the money that these tourists bring is what supports their economy, but because of travel restrictions, because people are completely quarantined, and because people are not traveling to the economy is getting impacted. It is creating spirals in the economy, and people are not able to support their livelihood. This is where they've also asked all the SAR countries to support their economies as well. So this is how it is impacting the country.

 Now let's look at what are the steps taken by these SAR countries. When you look at the steps taken by these countries, one of the issues an Important emergency fund is what is called as COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This was a proposal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So what does he speak about? He says that let's all of us come together, let's come up with an initiative where we would be able to pull in finances. So this pooling of finances is what is COVID-19 Emergency Fund as an initiative, it will be a voluntary basis. So all of us voluntarily come together and invest in certain finances. So to take up the lead what India has done, it has already initiated at 10 million funds into this emergency fund. So the next important factor if any office wants to use this fund for the immediate course of action, let's take this fund and start utilizing it, how will we utilize this for this? What we require is some framework so the foreign secretaries through the embassies would be able to finalize the concept of this fund and its operations followed by this India was also putting together a rapid response team. What is this rapid response team to fight this menace of the Coronavirus? What you require is doctors, the nurses, the specialists, the scientific community, the testing equipment, and the required infrastructure. So all this is important, it is not only about the framework that you come up with, but you also need people who would be able to use such a framework. So what you require is one team, which includes the doctors, which includes the specialist, the testing equipment, and the required infrastructure. So this rapid response team includes all these people to bring an end to this epidemic. Added to this, there will be something called a technical Task Force. What does this technical Task Force let's say, for example, you would require a technology, the technology to understand how it's spreading, whether this particular person is impacted is suffering from this particular disease. So this technology has to be sent to all the SAARC countries But how do we use it? So, people would not be in a position to use it. So, training this particular person with this new technology is what is the technical Task Force added to this, we have the SAARC Disaster Management Center, which would pull the best practices on a common platform, which includes research and controlling mechanisms. So, this framework, this research initiative, and the practices which India has which Bangladesh has which any other country has if it is best, so the same framework will be taken and it will be disseminated to all the countries are this SAARC Disaster Management Center. So all these initiatives were taken under this particular conference.

We have looked at steps taken under this conference, but there are certain concerns as well. What are these concerns? When you look at the subcontinent which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and other countries. These countries have the highest density City, the population within this particular region is too huge and humongous. Let's say if we are not able to control another worry is of escalation of this particular virus spread in the subcontinent in case we are not able to quarantined people and if you're not able to stop this menace, this could lead to escalation and as a result, higher population density within this particular region could be devastated and this results in heavy casualties as well as death. Adding to the possible concerns is the underreporting lack of awareness. People in the subcontinent are not aware of this infection, even if they are aware, they do not know about the symptoms, even if they know about the symptoms. It might take a considerable amount of time for them to know about these symptoms that are present in their body and even if they know and they happen to enter a public health service. Will the public health services in these countries are they able to manage it. If City, the population within this particular region is too huge and humongous. Let's say if we are not able to control another worry is of escalation of this particular virus spread in the subcontinent in case we are not able to quarantined people. And if you're not able to stop this madness, this could lead to escalation. And as a result, higher population density within this particular region could be devastated. And this results in heavy casualties as well as death. Adding to the possible concerns is the underreporting lack of awareness. People in the subcontinent are not aware of this infection, even if they are aware, they do not know about the symptoms, even if they know about the symptoms. It might take a considerable amount of time for them to know about these symptoms that are present in their body. And even if they know and they happen to enter a public health service. Will the public health services in these countries are they able to manage it. If City, the population within this particular region is too huge and humongous. Let's say if we are not able to control another worry is of escalation of this particular virus spread in the subcontinent in case we are not able to quarantined people. And if you're not able to stop this madness, this could lead to escalation. And as a result, higher population density within this particular region could be devastated. And this results in heavy casualties as well as death. Adding to the possible concerns is the underreporting lack of awareness. People in the subcontinent are not aware of this infection, even if they are aware, they do not know about the symptoms, even if they know about the symptoms. It might take a considerable amount of time for them to know about these symptoms that are present in their body. And even if they know and they happen to enter a public health service. Will the public health services in these countries are they able to manage it.

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