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Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders

Bengaluru’s Relief Riders, who are often out on their bicycles, deliver groceries and medicines to those who are home-bound due to Covid

Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders

Bengaluru: The pandemic, with its quarantine, isolation and lockdowns, has made running a household extra difficult – particularly for those who are Covid positive and for senior citizens. But it has also brought out a spirit of community and the intent to help. In Bengaluru, that help sometimes arrives on a cycle. The city’s Relief Riders are often out on their bicycles, delivering the much-needed help to those home-bound due to Covid. Simi Matthew, who works with an NGO, told NDTV,

We all have bicycles. What we do is we pitch in to deliver essentials like medicines and groceries and ration. These are times when people are not able to get out, especially the sick and elderly. We are able to do sorties between morning 6 and 10 am when the curfew is not happening. We pick up rations and medicines and go deliver it to them within that time.

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Reema Vazirani, another Relief Rider, stressed on the fact that the team members were following Covid protocols.

“We are taking precautions to ensure that we are not spreading Covid by doing this,” she said.

We are all volunteers who have come together. We all have our day jobs and we do this in addition to that because it is something we believe in. We are about 200 volunteers who have come together in the city of Bangalore. We started this in the first wave when the shutdown happened. And we have come back in the second wave to do this. This time we have been able to help more people. We have reached out to over 500 people.

Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders

COVID Warriors: Bengaluru Relief Riders pitch in to deliver essentials like medicines and groceries and ration

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Some of the volunteers joined the initiative having themselves gone through the difficulties of dealing with Covid isolation and struggling to cope without a helping hand.

Hrishikesh Deodhar, a software engineer said,

I recently recovered from Covid, roughly 20 days ago, and thought I should give back to the community.  I faced some hardships during that time with medicines or general food delivery because my entire family was affected. I thought now that I have come out of it, I should help somebody else to come out of it.

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In addition to helping with food and medicine delivery, the group also helps elderly citizens with issues like paperwork involved in hospitalisation or even recharging of their phone. But the main focus of the initiative is delivery of food and medicine.

Sagar, who works on the project said,

We are giving them a ration kit that last 7 to 8 days. And a medical kit that has vitamins. Ration kit has rice, dal, rava, rasam powder, oil and all necessary things that they need for 7 days.

Many Infosys employees have contributed money towards this service, which is now active in nine cities across India. An added bonus – all the kilometres the initiative has clocked so far are all green miles, since cycles have zero carbon footprint.

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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 (WaterSanitation 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 pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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