Jai Durga Samajik Kalyan Sansthan has undertaken a massive program to distribute face masks in Uttarakhand far before they were made compulsory by the government. Since March 2019, the NGO has distributed 75,000 face masks among the government employees, frontline workers in combating coronavirus in the state.
This has been possible thanks to crowd funding and many donors associated with JDSKS and special thanks to Hans Foundation. Uttarakhand is vulnerable in terms of logistics and medical facilities to fight coronavirus.
Manish Khanduri, President of Jai Durga Samajik Kalyan Sansthan NGO in Uttarakhand said the time has come to make masks compulsory for all. The NGO started distributing masks two weeks ago when the WHO and the state government advisory made masks merely voluntary.
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In the light of new advisories across the world where many governments are enforcing the mask rule, Khanduri told the news channel NDTV that it was a challenge to distribute them in some areas in the hilly state. However, they have managed to distribute about 75,000 masks in the state, he said.
Uttarakhand is vulnerable in terms of logistics and medical facilities to fight coronavirus. There are two major challenges we faced, one is providing them to the frontline staff such as the state government employees and the police. Secondly, distributing it across the remote villages — Manish Khanduri
As villages in Uttarakhand do not have access to medical facilities, it is important to cut off cities from spreading the virus in these villages, he noted. “It is important to spread the message as medical facilities are not up to the mark in the state,” he noted.