The RSS Way: Sewa in Times of Pandemic

    27-May-2021   
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A Swayamsevak engaged in the service of Corona infected patients at a centre run by RSS
 
New Delhi: The present COVID-19 crisis is very serious, but society, governments, administration and our Corona warriors are working with a great sense of urgency to meet this challenge. We will be able to overcome this crisis only through positivity and collective strength. Various organisations and institutions in the society have also started coordinating, taking many new initiatives in which thousands of people are participating, displaying the great spirit of service.
 
Like the first wave of Corona, in the second wave, the swayamsevaks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are engaged in assisting the affected families and the needy through Sewa Bharati and many other organisations and institutions. During this crisis period, swayamsevaks have spontaneously started many types of service work according to the needs of the regions where they are working.
 
The swayamsevaks have started many works that include isolation centres for patients with the possibility of Corona and Corona Care Centers for infected patients, providing assistance to government-run Covid Care Centers and hospitals, helpline number for assistance, online medical advice, blood donation, plasma donation, helping with funerals, distribution of Ayurvedic kadha and medicines, counseling, oxygen supply and ambulance service, distribution of food ration and masks, help with vaccination campaign, various awareness campaigns and hearse vans to take bodies of the deceased for the last rites.
 
Helpline centres are being run at around 3800 locations across the country by volunteers. Similarly, more than 22 thousand workers are engaged in organising vaccination camps, providing assistance and running awareness campaigns at more than 7,500 places. Isolation centres are being operated at 287 locations across the country, with around 9800 beds. Covid Care Centers are also being run in 118 cities where 7476 beds have been provided, out of which 2285 beds are with oxygen facility. More than 5100 swayamsevaks are working in these centres. Apart from these, the swayamsevaks are also helping to run the government-administered Covid Care Centers. More than 6000 workers are supporting 819 Government-run Covid Care Centers, which are operating in 762 cities in the country. The swayamsevaks have organised blood donation camps at 1256 places and donated 44 thousand units of blood. More than 1.5 lakh people have been benefited through medical helplines being operated at 1400 locations across the country, where 4445 doctors are providing services in these centres.