Mask on, please, Photo: Pankaj Tiwari
Jain took charge of Vidisha just 11 days before the national lockdown. He put his medical training to good use, doing mock drills and segregating COVID-19 wards into five categories, according to severity of infection. This helped contain the virus’s spread.
The Tablighi Jamaat markaz was a concern here too. Jain organised tests for asymptomatic cases which helped Vidisha find its first case on April 5, a member of the Jamaat, who had travelled to Delhi. His contact history helped identify 11 other infected people.
What added to Vidisha’s troubles was its proximity to Bhopal, 60 km away, which has emerged as a hotspot. A large number of government employees travel every day for work from Bhopal to Vidisha. The collector has put a stop to this for now. As for the post-lockdown strategy, Jain is focusing on oxygen cylinders and not ventilators to take care of patients if and when a spike in Covid cases happens.