Covid aid: Help pours in from overseas for south Gujarat villages

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STRUGGLING TO deal with the rising variety of coronavirus circumstances, some villages and cities in south Gujarat have began receiving assist from a number of quarters. The Gujarati diaspora within the USA and Australia have despatched home donations to assist in humanitarian works, like offering tiffin companies to sufferers in home quarantine, repairing and upkeep work at crematorium. The Pardi taluka in Valsad, which has been reporting excessive variety of infections, is among the many few beneficiaries.

On Monday, 127 recent Covid-19 circumstances had been reported in Valsad district, of which 25 had been from Pardi. The taluka additionally reported 9 fatalities as a result of an infection taking its complete toll to 41. Until May 3, Valsad district recorded 3,645 circumstances and 34 deaths associated to Covid-19. Of the 449 circumstances reported in Pardi taluka, at present, 114 are lively. There are three main hospitals in Pardi — Mehta Hospital, Mohan Dayal Hospital and Pardi Hospital — which are treating coronavirus sufferers.

Volunteers from an area association, Jeevdaya Group, which has been supplying meals to sufferers underneath home quarantine within the Pardi city stated they’ve began receiving donations from overseas. Dharmesh Modi, a Jeevdaya member, stated he additionally part of a Facebook group, ‘We belong to Killa Pardi’ which has a number of members who’re related to Pardi however settled overseas.

“Since April 15, the Jeevdaya Group has started tiffin services for over hundred people in the town. There are teams which cook food and others that deliver it at the doorstep of patients twice a day. As we were facing a fund crunch, we made an appeal on the social media seeking donations. There are many of the villagers who are settled abroad, and now several have started donating funds,” Modi stated.

The Jeevdaya members have additionally reached out to cremate the Covid-19 lifeless. “After we received donations from abroad, we managed to repair the chimney Monday,” Modi stated.

In Tapi district’s Vyara taluka, too, donations have began pouring in from NRIs within the USA and different international locations. Following an attraction for assistance on a Facebook group, Vyara Mitra Mandal, which has a number of natives from the city who’re at present settled overseas, 10 oxygen concentrators had been despatched by members from the USA. Funds had been additionally donated to buy 10 oxygen concentrators and 20 BiPAP machines domestically, Hasmukh Bhakt, a member of the FB group and a social employee, stated.