Putting COVID on the coffee table —A first of it’s kind book

G Venkataramana Rao

It appears like a coffee table book, but the contents of this hard bound are like a textbook.Actually it is more than a textbook or hand book it is a full fledged document on the Guntur district’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever kind of book it maybe called it is the first of its kind in the country and maybe even the world.

The “Guntur Fights COVID-19” (GFC-19) has been written by Samuel Jonathan, Special Correspondent of The Hindu and published by Guntur district Collector and Magistrate, the post being currently occupied by Mr Vivek Yadav, IAS. The efforts in compiling the pictures, charts and data for this wonderful case study by the previous Collector Mr Samuel Ananda Kumar, IAS, before he was transferred have also been acknowledged by Mr Jonathan. Guntur district is the biggest district in Andhra Pradesh and is home to Amaravati, the current capital of the state.

True to the name of a Coffee Table Book , GFC-19 is a non-fiction, pictorial book that documents the Covid crisis and its management by all line departments of the Government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with the District Administration in the lead.

The book is a wonderful compilation of photographers, tables, floor charts, graphs and write-ups on Containment strategy, contact tracing and surveillance, testing, hospital management, triaging strategy, Covid care centres, quarantine centre management, some innovations like yoga , Dead Body management (arranging funerals at free ) role of NGOs, Information Education Campaign, personal experiences of police officers, doctors and recovered patients and news paper clippings.

Starting with the first COVID-19 case in Guntur the book documents everything till the vaccination of the people. The first case linked to Tablighi Jamaat in the state was traced in Guntur. The book gives in detail the proactive role played by the police force under the leadership of the Director General Of Police Gautam Sawang, whose office is also located in the Guntur district.

Some of the innovative steps taken up in Guntur like triaging , introduction of yoga at quarantine and Covid care centres , dead body management by involving NGOs and building gas based incinerator, dignity kits to primary and secondary contacts of infected persons have also been documented very well.

Minister for Housing and District In Charge Minister Ch. Ranganatha Raju released the book, Minister for Home and Disaster Management, Mekathoti Sucharita, MLA of Narasaraopet, Gopireddy Srinivasa Reddy, District Collector Vivek Yadav, Joint Collector , P. Prasanthi, Joint Collector, Aasara, K. Sridhar Reddy, and District Medical and Health Officer J. Yasmin was present.

Mr. Ranganatha Raju said that the book encapsulated all the innovative strategies adopted by the Guntur district administration in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic during the first wave and added that the book would be a guide to the future.

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