When a pandemic brings out the best in Indian civic society | Reimagining India
The coronavirus pandemic has no expiry date, or so it seems with the rising number of COVID cases in India’s second wave, that brought in its wake unprecedented death and devastation to families and communities. With a healthcare infrastructure stretched to its limits, the country has witnessed a shortage of medicines, oxygen supply and ICU beds. Volunteer support groups - cutting across religious lines - have risen to the occasion. Working selflessly almost round the clock, these civic groups and NGOs have been relentlessly doing relief work on the ground across communities. Gurudwaras, mosques and temples have overnight turned their prayer halls into COVID facilities and relief centres. Volunteer groups are collating information regarding the availability of hospital beds, ICUs, oxygen cylinders. After verifying these leads, they pass them on to those who need it because time is of utmost importance.
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