Odisha: Good Samaritans Are Lending Helping Hands in Trying Times
The sudden surge in Covid-19 cases has crippled the health infrastructure in the country. Hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen, and patients with their attendants have to wait for hours together to avail themselves treatment.
As the country struggles to cope with the second wave of Covid-19 infection, volunteers and social organisations have come to the aid of those in need. The contribution of individuals has been nothing short of inspiring.
At Mudhi Mixture, we salute the contributions of some of the unsung heroes.
Plasma Donor Group, Rayagada
When B Venkatesh of Rayagada district struggled to find a plasma donor for his uncle, he immediately knew his next step. He created a platform on WhatsApp for eligible plasma donors and started connecting them with those in need. Venkatesh has himself donated plasma and continues to assist others in getting donors.
Dignity to the Dead, Cuttack
When even family members refuse to come forth, volunteers in Cuttack are giving dignity to the dead. As the number of Covid-19 deaths surged in Cuttack, many family members refused to perform the last rites of their loved ones fearing infection. In times like these, several NGOs have come forward to conduct funerals and bid a proper farewell to the departed souls.
Awareness Initiatives, Jagatsinghpur
While the urban population is still aware of the Covid safety protocols, the situation in rural Odisha is not so encouraging. So, Jyotirmayee Mishra, an ASHA worker in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha goes about villages blowing a conch and attracting the attention of the people. She then encourages them to follow safety guidelines like masking up, social distancing and maintaining hygiene.
Food For All, Dhenkanal
The Covid-19 times have been more challenging for the homeless and the destitute who find it difficult to manage a square meal every day due to restrictions. But Soumyashree Mishra (25) is doing the needful in the Dhenkanal district. She arranges and distributes food packets twice a day to the homeless and the destitute.
Blood Donation, Bhubaneswar
As the attention lies on containing the spread of Covid infection, the patients who suffer from other diseases are facing difficulties in availing treatment. Patients suffering from Thalassemia and those who require blood are facing a shortage. Niranjan Patnaik and Haraprasad Mohapatra have come to the rescue of such people. Their ‘Mission Raktadan’ has already organised at least 50 blood donation camps.
A 10-member team, the Sikhaid was formed in 2020 by the members of the Sikh community. They provide door to door delivery of food and medicines to those who are in home isolation.
Oxygen Bank, Sambalpur
Atif Alam, a resident of Sambalpur is breathing life into many patients through his oxygen bank initiative. His ‘Social Star Club’ has started an oxygen bank that lends oxygen cylinders to those in need. The volunteers first check the medical history and referral in detail before sending the cylinder.