COVID Warriors: ‘Proyaax’, A 31-year-Old’s Initiative To Help COVID Patients In Home Isolation In Guwahati

COVID Warriors: ‘Proyaax’, A 31-year-Old’s Initiative To Help COVID Patients In Home Isolation In Guwahati

Through the Proyaax campaign, COVID warriors are providing all the help people need when in home isolation. From home cooked meals, to assisting those in need by buying medicines and other essentials and getting them delivered to their doorsteps, these COVID heroes from Guwahati provide the healing touch
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COVID Warriors ‘Proyaax’, A 31-year-Old’s Initiative To Help COVID Patients In Home Isolation In GuwahatiIn the last two months, the Proyaax campaign has reached out to 52 families affected by COVID in Guwahati
Highlights
  • On April 26, 31-year-old Tulika Devi from Guwahati lost her fiancé to COVID
  • The loss inspired Ms Devi to help other COVID patients in need
  • Ms Devi along with her friend and elder sister started ‘Proyaax’ campaign

New Delhi: From a shortage of medical essentials like hospital beds and oxygen to long queues at crematoriums and burial grounds, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was testing for everyone at various levels. In the middle of the second wave, on April 26, 31-year-old Tulika Devi from Guwahati lost Aiyushman Dutta, her journalist fiancé, to COVID-19. While grieving the loss of her loved one, a shattered Ms Devi channelised her sorrow to lend a helping hand to other COVID-19 patients in home isolation and in need. This led to the genesis of an initiative called ‘Proyaax’.

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Proyaax is an Assamese word which means ‘initiative’ in English. It’s an initiative of Ms Devi along with her friend Priya and her elder sister. Through the campaign, they are providing all the help people need when in home isolation. From home-cooked meals, to assisting in buying medicines and other essentials and getting them delivered to COVID patients’ doorsteps, the trio has been putting in their own money to procure essentials, cook and deliver food.

Talking to NDTV about the idea behind her campaign, Ms Devi said,

I wanted to do something to release my pain and loss and also help people in this gloomy situation. One fine day, in a casual conversation with one of my friends Priya Tamuli, I said we should do something for COVID patients. Priya immediately agreed and said, ‘we can provide free home cooked meals to the patients’. That’s how Proyaax was born and I found peace in helping others.

COVID Warriors: ‘Proyaax’, A 31-year-Old’s Initiative To Help COVID Patients In Home Isolation In Guwahati
Proyaax campaign: Homecooked meals ready to be delivered to COVID patients in home isolation in Guwahati

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Elaborating on how the team behind Proyaax ensures their own safety while helping people across Guwahati, Ms Devi said,

We follow all COVID precautionary measures while cooking and delivering food and medicines. Also, we are vaccinated against COVID-19, so we are not afraid of working on the ground. Secondly, we have delivery boys to assist us in the process and they too follow masking, handwashing and distancing at all times.

Talking to NDTV about the motivation behind supporting Ms Devi, her friend Priya Tamuli, another COVID warrior said,

Since 2020, I have been involved with a lot of NGOs and organisations and supporting them in cash or kind. But in 2021, I saw that the pain was even more. There were more people who were dying and those who needed help. Hence, I decided to be more involved and doing something of my own.

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According to Ms Devi, in two months’ time, the trio has reached to over 50 families. One of the beneficiaries of Proyaax said,

They helped us by providing food at our doorstep as we were unable to do anything on our own.

While signing off, Ms Devi said her late fiancé is her inspiration and added,

Every time I just think of Aiyushman and the time he was suffering from COVID. Though he lost the fight against COVID-19, he fought a lot. Proyaax was born during a miserable situation to help people and will continue to do so.

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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

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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