SEEDS, NASI, CSIR NML empowering tribal in fight against COVID-19

SEEDS, NASI, CSIR NML empowering tribal in fight against COVID-19

#SEEDS in association with NASI Jharkhand and CSIR NML Reach out to Villagers for Prevention of COVID-19

Jharkhand Chapter of The National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) and National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), in collaboration with the NGO – SEEDS are spearheading several interventions in tribal villages to cope with the global pandemic.

Community-women leaders supported by SEEDS are engaged in household-level awareness drives in Musabani, Potka, Ghatsila and Dumaria Blocks, informed Dr. Arvind Sinha, Chief Scientist & Head Advanced Materials & Processes Division CSIR NML and Chairman of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Jharkhand State Chapter.

Over 5000 face masks have been manufactured in six villages by self-help group women, thus generating income in their families, he said adding “the women leaders are distributing masks and soaps and giving demonstrations of washing hands in the right manner; staying at two arms length from each other and refraining from spitting.”

In addition to this, they are encouraging the villagers to have warm water, turmeric, ginger and garlic daily. The women animators are taking this opportunity to share the information regarding the various entitlements under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojna and how and when to access the same, said Dr Sinha.

“It has been found out that villagers have taken the free grain and pulses, the LPG gas, allowances and pension from the banks. It is very encouraging to note that the villagers are adhering to the DOs and DONTs to keep themselves safe from the coronavirus,” he added.

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