The need to spread awareness on a pandemic cannot be overemphasized. There are a plethora of myths to be dispelled and facts and precautions to be apprised about. However, offline awareness drives that entail some degree of physical proximity can be dangerous and go against the very objective of the drive.
Recently cadets of 12 Assam NCC of Golaghat, carried out an awareness campaign on COVID-19 in the districts of Golaghat and distributed face masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitizers. A similar awareness campaign on the pandemic was held at Don Bosco College, Golaghat earlier this year in March where practical information was disseminated in terms of precautionary measures. A hand washing demonstration had also been given.
Incidentally the Golaghat district of Assam has seen a substantial surge of infections right from the time the pandemic entrenched its presence in the state. On one occasion the NCC Cadets of 74 Assam Girls (Golaghat) had apprised the marginalized citizens about the advantages of arogyasetu-app in fighting COVID-19.
These initiatives have raised speculations among the people in the district. Raising awareness about anything is very good and effective however the question is, is this the
Cadets of Assam NCC had carried out a campaign and distributed face masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitisers.right time to go out and visit more people -----this can translate to greater risk for everyone-is the common overriding sentiment.
In this context we at Fit NorthEast feel that there is an overwhelming need for more online campaigns and orientation programmes. This in fact is the need of the new world order.
"Social media is a great platform to raise awareness about any subject, especially during these COVID ridden times. Physical awareness campaigns entail the risk of spreading the disease and hence should be avoided," says Deepak Kala.
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