From frontline workers to scientists, researchers, and law and order personnel, people from various walks of life have stepped up to help combat the health crisis that India has been grappling with for the past few months. The global Coronavirus pandemic has claimed 9,520 lives in India so far.
As of writing this, the total number of active cases in India stands at 1,53,106 while the number of cured/discharged cases as per official government records is 1,69,797. This is despite several stringent measures undertaken by the government, including a lockdown for more than two months.
As the WHO has rightly pointed out, coronavirus is not going away anytime soon.
In the face of such bleak circumstances, the only way forward seems to be forged with preparedness and precaution, steps that this Delhi native has preemptively undertaken. Alka Dhuliya, a housewife based out of the Dwarka region in New Delhi, has for the past two months been tirelessly stitching face masks using fabrics that she had been collecting in hopes of using it someday.
In a couple of months, Alka has successfully manufactured around 500 masks. And with little help from Dr Amita, a dentist hailing from Bihar’s Supaul district, she has also ensured that her products reach the right people - the patients and migrant workers from the state, who would truly benefit from Alka’s benevolent service.
Sharing more on her initiative and the inspiration behind it, she says, “I was extremely moved when I saw people on the streets without masks or with old pieces of clothes tied around their mouths. All because they couldn’t get masks for themselves, probably because of the lack of means. That’s when I decided to make masks and have them distributed among people within my reach and who may be in need. This has now become my way to fight the virus.”
Alka’s next plan is to continue with her initiative but on a larger scale. Now that she has already made and distributed 500 masks, she wants to make at least a 1000 more. In this way, she hopes to contribute towards the relief of the underprivileged and also use her skills in stitching and sewing.
(Edited by Athira Nair)