COVID-19: Locals Help Elderly Get Essentials in Kolkata Highrise
We urge the residents not to step out of their homes unless it’s a necessity.
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It’s been almost a week since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nationwide lockdown, on the night of 24 March due to the coronavirus outbreak in India. The next day, we realised that the senior citizens in our society, Uniworld City, Kolkata who are living alone might face some difficulties purchasing basic daily essentials.
To make life easier for them, about 40 of us started to help them by buying their daily necessities and delivering them door-to-door, so that they face no inconvenience. That they are not left without any care.
We are about 2,000 families living in the society of which 150 are senior citizens. So, it was our duty to ensure that they are taken care of and that their needs are met during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Madhusmita Baheti is one of the volunteers who work with us and help the elderly get their vegetables, groceries, medicines etc. When I asked Madhusmita why she volunteered for this cause, she said:
“The elderly in the society tend to face more challenges. Many of them are dependent on medicines and on outside help in terms of nurses and attendants, who cannot reach them. Also, many of them have restricted mobility.”
It’s not just about delivering vegetables and basic essentials at their door steps, we are also ensuring that social distancing is maintained within the society. We are managing the queues outside the various shops that are there in the complex. These people are working round the clock. We start at about 6 am till about 10:30-11 pm.
But we do face issues at times. Sometimes, it’s difficult to ask educated people to stay back or listen to us. But people are very cordial and are cooperating with us. And, with time, things will sort out and everybody will stay at home.
Tapati, a senior citizen and one of the residents, is a 68-year-old on insulin, BP and immunity disorder drugs. She is happy as well as relieved that we are there to help her in these difficult times. Tapati has a message for all the young volunteers:
“I’m overwhelmed by the wonderful service to the senior citizens in Uniworld City by a dedicated group of volunteers. God bless the young heroes!”
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