Sonu Sood extends support to police personnel in the fight against COVID-19
Sonu Sood donates 25,000 face shields to Maharashtra Police personnel
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh thanked Sonu Sood for his generous contribution
New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has turned into a real life hero for many. In May, the actor started to help migrant workers, stranded due to the Coronavirus lockdown, to get back home by arranging transportation for them. Later he opened up gates of his Juhu hotel to accommodate medical workers and also started distributing cooked meals and groceries among people in need. Now the actor has donated 25,000 face shields to Maharashtra Police.
On Thursday (July 16), Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh took to Twitter to share the news and thank Sonu Sood for his gesture. Sharing a picture of the two of them, standing apart, an indication of maintaining physical distancing, Mr Deskhmukh wrote, “I thank Sonu Sood Ji for your generous contribution of giving 25,000 #FaceShields for our police personnel.”
In another picture shared by Mr Deshmukh, the duo is seen sitting far apart from each other during a meeting.
Actor Sonu Sood appreciated the work of police officials, part of the team of frontline warriors working through the pandemic to serve the public. Calling them ‘real heroes’, Sonu Sood said this is the least he can do for the work they have been doing.
Replying to Mr Deshmukh, the actor wrote, “Truly honoured by your kind words Sir! My police brothers & sisters are our real heroes & this is the least that I can do for the commendable work which they have been doing. Jai Hind.”
Earlier in June, Sonu Sood had shared a Do It Yourself (DIY) video to show how one can make a face shield at home to safeguard against coronavirus. In the fight against SARS-CoV-2, it is essential to cover one’s face with a mask. In an effort to protect the entire face, including eyes, some people are also resorting to using face shields.
For the same, the actor shared a video showing how to make one at home in a few simple steps. Explaining the process, Sonu Sood said,
Just take a transparent file cover, cut it in two, so that you have two separate sheets. Now, use a punching machine, punch two holes at the edge on one side. Last and the final step, insert your specs in those holes and wear your face shield mask and stay safe.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 3,04,91,096 and 9,51,740 have died; 87,62,381 are active cases and 2,07,76,975 have recovered as on September 19, 2020 at 3:48 am.
In India, there are 53,08,014 confirmed cases including 85,619 deaths. The number of active cases is 10,13,964 and 42,08,431 have recovered as on September 19, 2020 at 2:30 am.