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COVID Warriors: ‘Bikers For Good’, A Community Of Bike Riders Fights COVID-19 By Generating Awareness About Handwashing

‘Bikers for Good’ is a community of bike riders who drive solely for social causes and have been helping in raising awareness on handwashing as a preventive measure to fight the coronavirus crisis

COVID Warriors: ‘Bikers For Good’, A Community Of Bike Riders Fights COVID-19 By Generating Awareness About Handwashing
Highlights
  • ‘Bikers for Good’ distributed 10,000 soaps to the poor in Delhi
  • As bikers it is our duty to do something for the country: Mohit Ahuja
  • ‘Bikers for Good’ have been raising awareness on social issues since 2011

New Delhi: In a bid to help combat the spread of Novel Coronavirus, Bikers For Good, a motorcycle club that engages in several social causes ranging from working for disability awareness and women empowerment to educating the lesser privileged is now spreading awareness about handwashing and distributing soaps among people in rural areas, city slums and street vendors. Founded in 2011, Bikers For Good has been on the frontlines during various campaigns and since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, it has been working towards raising awareness about keeping safe from catching the infection and motivating people to take some time out from their daily routine and contribute in the fight against COVID-19 in whatever way possible for them.

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While talking to NDTV, Mohit Ahuja, founder of Bikers For Good said that they decided to focus on handwashing because it is an important preventive measure against coronavirus. He said,

When the corona pandemic hit India, we realised that as bikers it is our duty to do something for the country, for our fellow citizens. We knew food was something that was being addressed by a lot of NGOs and people, sanitation we realised was something that a lot of people were not talking about while it is something very important. So we thought of getting together, putting in our resources buying soaps and distributing those in places that were ignored at the same time we sensitised people on how to wash hands properly.

The mixed group of women and men bikers distributed 10,000 soaps in the capital a day before the lockdown on March 23, 2020. They have been using their bikes to reach the last mile population in the villages and slums in the cities.

Pallavi, another member of the group shared her experience of the ride to spread awareness on handwashing. She said,

18 of us distributed soaps across Delhi, to the people outside government hospitals, beggars on the roads, rickshaw pullers, went to old age homes and orphanages as well.

Bikers For Good partnered with various firms including Reckitt Benckiser (RB) for raising awareness and distributing soaps and masks to the people worst affected by the pandemic.

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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

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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