Large social organisations and individual humanitarians have taken commendable efforts to help India fight the second wave of the pandemic. But most of these initiatives have only been able to reach big cities and large hospitals. Rural areas are awaiting even the most basic medical assistance.
Rural areas of Bihar are some of the most economically and socially backward regions in the northern belt of India. Districts like Nalanda, Munger, Gaya are popular on Indian map for their rich cultural heritage however medical facilities are at below par in these districts.
First wave of COVID-19 saw urban India being largely affected. Second wave has now penetrated deeply into the rural India. With more waves anticipated we believe it’s the rural heartland that is going to bear most of its brunt due to low level of awareness, poor medical facilities and low rate of vaccinations.
Current Situation in Nalanda
Nalanda is reporting 300-350 new COVID cases daily. The district has close to 2600 active cases at any given time.
There are 7 government hospitals in Nalanda with only one district hospital. Out of 285 sanctioned posts only 117 doctors are working in Nalanda.
Primary Healthcare Centres at Panchayat level are also in very bad shape. PHC and village dispensaries in Bind block(where we want to start our campaign from) have not been visited by any doctor since many months and the building being used to house cattle.
The awareness level of people in villages is also very low. They are hardly aware about the COVID protocols like social distancing, hand hygiene, etc. Also, people refrain from getting tested due to fear and multiple prevailing superstitions in the village. People who are turning positive are even getting socially boycotted and vaccination is frowned upon by the people due to death a person post vaccination due to different complications.
Nalanda’s health system has critical gaps that cannot be plugged in instantaneously due to the immensity of the crisis. The need of the hour is to create awareness among the people so that they can take precautions and get a know how of dos and don’ts in case they get infected.
What does Nalanda need and how can you help?
First and foremost awareness needs to be created among people to follow COVID prevention behaviour, get testing done in case of onset of symptoms and list of dos and don’ts in case they test positive.
In this quest we’d be running door to door campaigns to make people aware about the situation and help clarify their FAQs. We’d be distributing kits containing mask and sanitisers to all and medicinal kit containing essential medicines(approved as per ICMR) to the symptomatic individuals.
We’s need to raise funds to support the awareness campaigns and cost of kits and medicines.
Every donation towards this cause will prevent spread of the disease and further complications in some individuals.
We are IIT Kanpur Alumni working to help rural Nalanda fight COVID in India. Our early age startup Krishhak Bandhu working to provide farmers doorstep services for agricultural inputs as well as outputs. We have considerable presence in Nalanda district and are aimed towards providing farmers with a fair and equitable market for their needs. Details related to our organisation is mentioned below for reference:
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