Over the last month, we’ve been inundated with tragic stories around the coronavirus pandemic - of people suffering all across the globe, businesses being severely hit, and the economy moving towards a meltdown. Amidst all this negativity are some stories that make you smile, and fill you with hope and positivity.
At a time when social distancing is the norm and maintaining proper hygiene is essential to prevent contracting infection, supply of sanitisers and masks are not meeting the demand. The economically underprivileged are left in a lurch due to this situation.
Gurdev Kaur Dhaliwal (98) from Moga, Punjab, is on a mission to do her best to help in this situation, and is stitching masks for the underprivileged.
Reports say that Gurdev Kaur, upon waking up every day, first completes her prayer ritual and then sits down to make masks on her sewing machine from 8 am to 4 pm. She is trying to help those who cannot afford to buy it or have no access to it – including daily wage labourers and underprivileged families.
The strongest Corona Warrior of Punjab is 98-year-old Gurdev Kaur from Moga who with her family is stitching masks for Punjab. Such selfless dedication of Punjabis is proof of how strong we are & that we will overcome any challenge which comes our way. Thank you @BBCPunjabi pic.twitter.com/poNOZ3fuQe
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 21, 2020
To help them in their fight against COVID-19, this good Samaritan distributes these masks for free. Since she has blurry vision in one of her eyes, her daughters-in-law and grandchildren also help her in this initiative.
Her efforts have been appreciated by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, who called her ‘the strong corona warrior of Punjab.’ He tweeted, “The strongest Corona Warrior of Punjab is 98-year-old Gurdev Kaur from Moga who with her family is stitching masks for Punjab. Such selfless dedication of Punjabis is proof of how strong we are & that we will overcome any challenge which comes our way.”
As of April 24, Friday, Punjab has reported 277 confirmed cases and 16 deaths due to Coronavirus, with no cases of recovery registered yet.
(Edited by Athira Nair)