COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world since it was first diagnosed in the last week of Dec. 2019. According to WHO, COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is caused by the most recently discovered novel coronavirus. This new virus and the infection were unknown until the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019.
So far, the COVID 19 pandemic has caused havoc world over with cases crossing 20 lacs and 1,35,000 casualties. In India, the number of cases has risen passed 13000 marks, and the death toll is little below 500, as of April 16th, 2020. To contain the community spread of the virus, the Government of India had ordered 21 days of complete lockdown that ended on April 21st, 2020. But since the number of cases was not containing and graph had shown marginal improvement, and the curve was beginning to flatten; therefore, Indian Govt. decided to extend this lockdown till May 3rd, 2020.
Experts across the world believe that the situation this novel Coronavirus has presented the world has just one solution right now, and that is a lockdown. Countries across the globe are on lockdown with only the bare essentials in operation. And this has been effective in controlling the speed and containing the numbers of Covid-19 patients and casualties. Although the victims crossing one lac mark is enormous in itself, but experts also believe that had it not been for lockdown, this number could have been 15 to 20 times more. They are because there is no vaccine to treat COVID-19 patients as of now, containing the name has been very critical.
Although the situation in India is still under control, if compared with the global scenario, this has also been possible due to early lockdown by the Govt. otherwise, the world's second-largest populated country could have been the leader in the casualties world over. Although all corners have appreciated the decision of lockdown, it has been a nightmare for a segment of the population here in the nation. And this segment is the daily wage earners, ones who are self-employed with small outlets, the rickshaw pullers, the hawkers and most importantly migrant laborers.
There had been a couple of incidents in the early days of lockdown where these workers had faced the brunt due to the unavailability of any means of transport when they wanted to go back to their homes, considering they were rendered without work in the current scenario. But with the administration catching up and many social organizations coming forward to help these stranded workers.
The volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda's Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing have always been at the forefront serving the society, and they have been providing every help shoulder to shoulder with the authorities.
These volunteers have come forward in support of the needy in different states of India, such as Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, to name a few. The volunteers of this disaster relief force have been distributing masks, food packages, and other necessary items to the affected people, in addition to organizing community kitchens or "langars" and conducting sanitization drives in villages and cities. The relief materials are being distributed to the marginalized families right at their doorstep through their network of volunteers.
Here are some of the initiatives by these passionate volunteers in different parts of the country.
Shah Satnam Ji Green S welfare force wing volunteers providing groceries and sanitizing cities.
This truly is an example of exceptional compassion where volunteers, apart from delivering essentials, are doubling up as sanitization warriors. In Ferozpur, Punjab, these volunteers 30 in number, sanitized lanes and markets that bore the potential risk of infection for the citizens. It is interesting to see how they used seven tractors loaded with 500 ml or 1000 liter containers filled with sanitizers. Authorities had appreciated these volunteers who decided to conduct sanitization drives when they were distributing masks, and groceries to the marginalized workers. Similar rides have taken place in more than a dozen places across many cities and states.
In another beautiful gesture, 50 female volunteers from Shah Satnam Ji Green S welfare force wing, have been making 20000 face masks to be distributed to all the frontline workers, right from police to cleanliness warriors.
Month's ration and other essential items have been provided by the volunteers in their neighborhoods. Langar and food packets are distributed in areas where the distraught are far too many. Also, these volunteers are looking after hygiene and educating them about social distancing and other preventive measures to stay safe in this Corona crisis.
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, one more segment, that has badly hit is patients in need of blood. With more and more rising cases, regular blood donors are reluctant to donate blood due to the fear of transmission of the virus. And rightly so with cases coming up from every quarter, this fear is not baseless. But Dera volunteers are undeterred by this and continue to donate their share of blood as usual. These volunteers have committed the blood banks that they will give a certain number of units of blood every day so that there is no shortage of blood due to Coronavirus.
Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing has been recognized as an avid disaster management force, one that has been very effective in handling any calamity, be it human-made or natural. This is the only wing in the whole world that has more than 70000 volunteers run under the aegis of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are trained to handle any calamity, be it a fire breakout or earthquake, tsunami, etc. The wing has been set up by the reverend Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, himself.
Dera Sacha Sauda's Shah Satnam Ji Green S welfare force wing volunteers have pledged their support to the people to fight this highly transmissible virus by following the guidelines laid down by the Government and administration for the cause. Meanwhile, on behalf of its volunteers, the Senior Chairperson of the Dera Sacha Sauda Ms. Vipassana Insan has written to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, as well as the Chief Ministers of various states, extending their support to undertake necessary service to people of this country during the ongoing pandemic.