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Go corona go? Gujarat villages teach us how

As quickly as Gujarat reported its first Covid19-positive case, sarpanches and representatives of 10 villages at the outskirts of Gandhinagar chalked out strategies to keep their villages secure. They sealed their borders, became off streetlights and ensured social distancing to stay free of Covid-19

Even as Gujarat reported a total of four,395 corona-positive cases on Thursday, 10 villages round Gandhinagar have cocooned themselves from the deadly results of the highly contagious breathing illness.

How you ask? It is all about pro-active prevention. Coronavirus first reared its head in Gujarat on March 19. On realising how fatal the sickness may just grow to be, representatives and sarpanches of Rajpur, Chekhalarani, Dolarana Vasna, Bapupura, Haripura, Zakhora, Sadra, Kalyanpura, Motipura and Madhavgadh —in a radius of 25 km from Gandhinagar — met to chalk out a method to keep the villages secure. From prohibiting entry of outsiders to enforcing lockdown rules, they have been doing the entirety conceivable to prevent the virus from entering their borders.

Authorities also publish a board at its front, clearly stating ‘visitors are NOT welcome’

And, to this point, those villages have not reported a unmarried wonderful case. Parthesh Pandya, a social worker and villager in Rajpur, mentioned, “We met in Rajpur on March 21. We excited by two sides: awareness and action. We decided to distribute pamphlets door to door in each village on preventive measures to be followed. We placed banners and formed an online group for all sarpanches to discuss problems and cutting edge practices to put into effect lockdown.”

They also decided to serve ukalo (an Ayurvedic concoction) to all villagers to improve their immunity. Bindu Zala, some other social worker from Rajpur, mentioned, “We took the help of government Ayurvedic doctor Palakh Kataria to prepare the ‘ukalo’. We roped in class 10 and 12 students to make it beneath the supervision of village leader Kunvar Thakor.

The concoction has tulsi, mint, ginger, and different ayurvedic ingredients. For all villages, barring Sadra which did not need help, ukalo was prepared in Rajpur and dispensed to different villages each 5 days.” Zala mentioned they prepared 100 litres of ukalo daily. Fumigation is completed frequently in those villages. Benches were became the other way up to prevent other people from sitting there. Grocery shops are opened for three hours daily.

Squares drawn outdoor shops to verify social distancing amongst shoppers

Squares were drawn outdoor shops to verify social distancing amongst shoppers. Sadra sarpanch Reva Desai mentioned, “We ship out an autorickshaw around the village to coach other people concerning the significance of social distancing.

They were requested to inform health division and panchayat if an outsider visits the village. Initially, other people used to gather in the evenings. So, we decided to modify off streetlights. This stopped other people from venturing out. We have floodlights at the front of the village. It is helping in preserving an eye fixed on other people coming in and those who violate the lockdown.” Desai added, “With the help of a donor, we dispensed masks to one,000 other people and 570 ration kits to needy other people.”

Kamlesh Patel, sarpanch of Zakhora and Rajpur, mentioned, “We were given fumigation done and were given each outsider tested at the number one health centre. No visitors are allowed in the villages.”

Villagers eat ukalo manufactured from ayurvedic ingredients

Motipura sarpanch Niru Patel mentioned, “We ordered closure of shops promoting gutkha or cold beverages. People collect in massive numbers at those shops and gossip, which is unhealthy. We also dispensed loose ration kits to poor households.”

Sanjay Chauhan, resident of Kalyanpura village, mentioned, “We don’t go out and practice all of the pointers. The whole village infrequently sees any motion. It has develop into very peaceful.”

Virsangji Chauhan, sarpanch of Dolarana Vasna, mentioned, “I took the help of police and panchayat to make other people practice lockdown strictly. We have CCTV cameras installed in village. So, on every occasion we discover other people popping out for no reason why, we warn them of strict action via police.”

People used to gather in the evenings. So, we switched off streetlights. This stopped other people from venturing out

Reva Desai, Sadra sarpanch

We closed shops promoting gutkha or outdated beverages. People collect at those shops and gossip, which is unhealthy

Niru Patel, Motipura sarpanch

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