India witnessed a massive spurt in Covid-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic that hit the country in April. Millions of people were affected directly or indirectly by the pandemic and thousands of lives were lost. As the pandemic continues to ravage the country, the headquarters and a number of our centres launched relief operations bringing succour to the afflicted people in this hour of the direst human crisis in recent times. A report on the work done by the headquarters and 58 branch centres spread over 19 states/union territories in India, and also by our centres in 4 other countries is given below.
Aalo centre conducted awareness camps in and around Aalo.
Itanagar centre opened a vaccination centre and a 19-bed triage ward for suspected Covid patients. The centre’s ambulance is being used to transfer Covid patients to other hospitals. The centre is also conducting rapid antigen tests and CT scanning on Covid patients.
Karimganj centre started a vaccination centre on 7 May; so far 1100 persons have been vaccinated.
Narainpur centre conducted awareness campaigns and distributed 474 masks, 30 bars of soap, sanitisers, etc among the villagers. Besides, it started a few vaccination and testing centres where a total of 1276 persons were vaccinated and 149 persons were tested.
Ranchi Morabadi centre started a vaccination centre where 222 persons got vaccinated from 15 to 19 May. Telemedicine service and awareness webinars are also being provided by the centre along with Spiritual counselling through online classes.
Basavanagudi centre, Bengaluru, distributed 1500 kg rice, 300 kg flour, 300 kg pulses, 350 litres cooking oil, 300 kg sugar, 150 kg salt and 60 kg assorted spices among 150 needy families and 750 kg rice, 50 kg flour, 50 kg broken wheat, 30 kg beaten rice, 50 kg pulses, 60 litres cooking oil, 50 kg sugar, 50 kg salt, 21 kg assorted spices, 2 kg puliyogare powder, 30 kg milk powder and 150 bars of soap to an orphanage with 70 mentally challenged children.
Belagavi centre distributed 31 pulse oximeters to the doctors in May.
Ponnampet centre conducted a vaccination drive in which 264 persons were vaccinated from 6 to 12 April. The centre also reserved two wards for Covid patients in its hospital.
Kayamkulam centre started a Covid care centre at its students’ hostel and accommodated nearly 100 patients.
Thiruvalla centre sanitized 87 homes 6 shops and 2 clinics in Thiruvalla municipal area, distributed provision kits to 25 Covid affected families, masks among 150 people, and homoeopathy medicine among 250 persons. The centre also donated 10 pulse oximeters to Thiruvalla Municipality.
Thiruvananthapuram centre is running an around-the-clock Rapid Antigen Testing centre and RT-PCR sample collection centre since June 2020. Two isolation wards with 25 beds have been set up for triage. Besides, it is running a vaccination centre where about 4300 doses of vaccine have been administered from 1 February to 10 April. The hospital has also arranged 60 rooms and 40 beds for the treatment of Covid patients.
Shillong centre provided space in its dispensary from 10 April for vaccinating the general public. A total of 2260 people were vaccinated till 10 May.
New Delhi centre served cooked food to 5800 persons from 1 April to 15 May and supplied medicines, 100 face masks and 30 pulse oximeters to four Covid care centres. The centre also distributed five 5- litre oxygen concentrators and ten 10-litre oxygen concentrators to Covid care centres and others.
Bhubaneswar centre distributed 1500 kg rice, 600 kg pulses, 750 kg potatoes, 450 kg onions, 150 litres cooking oil, 300 kg salt and 300 bars of soap among 150 families in the Khurda district.
Puri Math centre served meals to 13 police personnel on 9 April and supplied 200 masks to the local police station. The centre also provided accommodation to 2 tribal students.
Viveknagar centre, Agartala, arranged vaccination for 329 persons.
Varanasi Home of Service centre is running a 48-bed Covid ward for patients. The Home is also running a vaccination centre where 1248 persons were vaccinated till 22 May.
Bajepratappur centre, Bardhaman, served cooked food to 250 slum children and distributed 200 kg rice, 30 kg pulses, 100 kg chira (rice flakes), 30 kg soya chunks, 100 kg potatoes, 60 kg milk powder, 100 saris, 50 dhotis and 600 face masks among 250 families in Purba Bardhaman district from 12 to 15 May.
Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata, served cooked food to 694 people in Kolkata from 3 to 29 May.
Jayrambati centre distributed groceries among 600 widows and gave homoeopathic medicine to about 800 families.
Kasundia centre, Howrah, served cooked food to 1000 needy people in April and distributed ration kits (containing rice, pulses, potatoes and soya chunks) among 30 families on a daily basis from 1 May.
Narendrapur centre started a safe home for Covid patients on 28 May.
Sarisha centre served 8595 plates of cooked food among 1082 families and distributed 2500 face masks, 1750 bars of washing soap and 700 hand sanitiser bottles among the poor from 20 to 30 May.
Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, started a 127-bed Covid facility. The hospital is also running a vaccination centre where 2945 doses have been administered so far.
Durban centre, along with its sub-centres, served meals to 2570 people in Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Chatsworth and Etete, and distributed food hampers to 431 families in May. Each hamper contained 2 kg rice, 1 kg pulses, 1 kg sugar beans, 500 gm macaroni, 100 gm assorted spices, 750 ml cooking oil, 1 kg sugar, 1 litre milk, 100 tea bags, 1 packet of soup powder, 1 kg maize meal, 1 kg salt, 520 gm jam, washing soap, bathing soap and toothpaste tubes.
Phoenix centre, along with its Johannesburg sub-centre, distributed 3500 kg rice, 350 kg maize meal, 325 kg fortified cereals, 2200 kg pulses, 150 kg assorted spices, 120 kg noodles, 595 kg salt, 1500 litres cooking oil, 1500 cans of tinned food, 55 kg soup powder, 44,000 tea bags, 925 kg sugar, 525 litres milk, 225 kg pasta, 7567 nutrient fortified breakfast cereal sachets, 150 kg cake flour, 135 kg jam, 150 cakes, 108 packets of snacks, 700 matchboxes, 12,700 kg vegetables, 350 tubes of toothpaste, 1200 bars of soap, 504 adult napkins, 222 litres detergent, 695 assorted clothing, 50 blankets and 108 painting sets among 480 families in May. The centre also provided a litre of milk and a loaf of bread each to 13 families thrice a week and LP gas and gas stoves to 12 families. The centre handed over a month’s supply of unprocessed food material to 17 bannock-making and food bottling vendors in Phoenix, to give a boost to their business during the pandemic. Also, the centre distributed 2776 geometry boxes to indigent students at four schools. Further, the centre’s clinic sponsored 39 dialysis sessions and donated a wheelchair to a destitute patient and provided counselling service to healthcare professionals and workers.
Cyclone Yaas: The extremely severe Cyclone Yaas made landfall over the Odisha coast near Balasore on 26 May and left a trail of destruction in many parts of Odisha and West Bengal. The cyclone rendered thousands of people homeless and caused the inundation of several areas. A number of our centres immediately started relief work by serving cooked food and distributing tarpaulins, ration kits and other essential materials among the affected people mainly in North and South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts in West Bengal. Details of the relief operations carried out by our branch centres in response to the disaster are as follows:
Manasadwip centre provided shelter, cooked food, puffed rice, rice flakes, sugar, etc to 300 persons from 25 to 29 May and also served cooked food to 3811 people of Sagar Islands from 25 to 31 May.
Sarisha centre served 14,788 plates of cooked food and distributed 5000 kg chira and 1600 kg molasses among 3546 families in South 24 Parganas district from 27 to 30 May. (g) Taki centre distributed 1000 kg chira, 300 kg sugar, 850 packets of biscuits and 52 kg milk powder among 520 families in North 24 Parganas district on 27 and 28 May.
Cyclone Tauktae Relief Services
Some parts of Gujarat were affected by Cyclone Tauktae which struck the state on 17 May. In response to the disaster, Porbandar centre distributed 1000 food packets at two shelter homes at Porbandar on 18 May, and Rajkot centre distributed 500 food packets in slums on 18 May.
Arunachal Pradesh: Aalo centre distributed 1 handi, 2 buckets, 1 mug, 3 bowls, 3 plates, 2 big spoons, 6 shirts, 6 trousers, 3 blankets, 3 sweaters and 3 coats on 22 May to a family whose house was burnt down in a fire accident in Kambo Tarsu village of West Siang district.
Bihar: Twelve houses at Harpur Krishna village of Sakra block in Muzaffarpur district were burnt down in a devastating fire on 12 March. Muzaffarpur centre distributed 12 relief kits (containing rice, flour, molasses, chira, biscuits, detergent powder, soap, water pots, mats and tarpaulins) among the affected families.
Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata, distributed 100 saris, 30 frocks, 10 shirts and 10 trousers on 24 and 28 March.