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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

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

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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