On June 8, 2021, the two entities NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation unveiled ‘Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan’. The plan was launched in 112 backward districts called “Aspirational Districts’ to help district administrations in extending home-care support to COVID-19 infected patients.
Most of these districts belong to Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
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Background – Surakshit Hum Surakhsit Tum Abhiyaan
Since last year, the Piramal Foundation has already been working in 25 districts across the country by providing COVID-19 care to senior citizens. This year, it has coordinated with NITI Aayog to extend the support and care to 112 Aspirational Districts.
Highlights of this Abhiyaan
- The campaign is rolled out to provide COVID-19 home care to 20 lakh citizens residing in rural areas.
- The plan is to support the district administrations in taking care of COVID-19 patients by providing home care to those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
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- The local leaders, civil societies, and volunteers will work along with district administrations to address any issues emerging while implementation of the Aspirational Districts Programme.
- The Abhiyaan will be led by district magistrates in association with over 1000 local NGOs, which will mobilize and train over one lakh volunteers. This will help in connecting with COVID-19 patients through inbound/outbound calls. The foundation will closely work with district magistrates to support the training of NGOs and volunteers.
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- This campaign is considered a significant initiative because it aims to provide continual support to the poorest communities in India to fight against the impact of COVID-19.
- The Abhiyaan is expected to increase the district preparedness for coping with almost 70% of COVID-19 cases at home. This will reduce the burden on the health system. Also, the campaign aims to train the citizens in these districts for proper usage of the supplied Oxygen concentrators.
- The home-care support will be provided to the patients by the volunteers based on the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The volunteers will be instructed to follow suitable protocols, provide psycho-social support and update the details of infected patients to the district administration.
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