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14,000 People In Assam Become ‘Pratirodhi Bandhu’ To Help The State Fighting Against Coronavirus

14,000 people in the state have joined Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s (ASDMA) volunteer force called Pratirodhi Bandhu (resistant friend)

14,000 People In Assam Become ‘Pratirodhi Bandhu’ To Help The State Fighting Against Coronavirus
Highlights
  • ASDMA has established a volunteer force called Pratirodhi Bandhu
  • 14,000 locals in Assam have become Pratirodhi Bandhu (resistant friend)
  • The volunteer group helps the administration in community mobilisation

New Delhi: 30-year-old Dharmendra Sarma from Assam works as a rural service distributor with BSNL. During the lockdown, Mr Sarma is working with the government, creating awareness among people about social distancing. Along with ensuring people adhere to social distancing norms in a rural market in Bijoynagar, 35 km west of Guwahati, Mr Sarma distributes sanitisers in the localities and urges people to wear masks.

The nation has been reeling under lockdown for over two months now. Throughout the lockdown, it’s the frontline warriors including police officials and healthcare professionals that have ensured that the fellow countrymen aren’t deprived of anything. In order to bridge the gap between the rural community and the administration, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has built a volunteer force called Pratirodhi Bandhu (resistant friend).

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14,000 people in the state have enrolled for rendering their free service to build a community driven resistance movement against the spread of the virus. The role of the volunteers is to ensure people adhere to the social distancing norms and follow other precautionary and preventive measures like wearing a mask while venturing out, washing hands.

We are working at the macro level. We reach out to people and tell them the do’s and don’ts to prevent COVID-19, said Mr Sarma.

Pranjit Kalita, one of the volunteers at Pratirodhi Bandhu, who has been going out on awareness drives said,

COVID-19 is a new disease and because of lack of education, villagers are ignorant. Our focus is to reach out to them and explain the disaster; how they can carry on with their life while adhering to COVID norms.

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In order to ensure volunteers are passing on the right information about different aspects of the Coronavirus, experts at ASDMA give online training to the volunteers. ASDMA the brain behind the voluntary group claims it to be a unique initiative. Talking about the initiative, Pankaj Chakravarty, ASDMA, Project Coordinator said,

The main aim and objective of this programme is community mobilisation and address the non-medical response needs. Through Pratirodhi Bandhu, we aim to extend psychological support during this lockdown period. For the same, UNICEF is our training partner.

The initiative has also found an ambassador – Olympian-boxer Shiva Thapa who has enrolled as a volunteer. In a video, he was seen calling himself Pratirodhi Bandhu (friend at a time of a disaster) called to fight against Coronavirus.

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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