Team Madad, A Group Of COVID Volunteers In Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur Emerge As Saviours | India’s Coronavirus Warriors

May 20, 2021 0 Comments



COVID warriors: Team Madad is helping people of Gorakhpur with essentials and information on COVID beds and medicines (Representational image)

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  • COVID warriors have been working since the first wave of the pandemic
  • Team Madad has also received support from administrative officials

Gorakhpur: During the tough times when Gorakhpur witnessed deaths and sufferings due to COVID-19, a group of 15 young volunteers calling themselves ‘Team Madad’ have emerged as saviours, helping people with food, medicines and counselling. From providing information about vacant ICU beds and ventilators to delivering medicines and arranging transportation, the team which comprises students, professionals, social activists and journalists, has come to the rescue of the needy. One of the members, Satya Charan Rai, told PTI that the volunteers came in contact on social media during the first wave of coronavirus and formed a team.

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We started holding online meetings and decided to feed migrant labourers. Each one of us started distributing food with the help of local volunteers in their respective areas, he said.

Team “Madad”, which means “help”, has seven women members and it has also been actively working towards arranging plasma and providing counselling.

We also contacted public representatives to strengthen our drive and circulated our phone numbers on social media after which we started getting calls round the clock, Mr Rai said.

“During the second wave of the pandemic, especially last month, many people were not getting medicines so we started contacting wholesalers and helped in delivering and providing information about the availability of medicines,” he said.

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The team collected data on vacant beds with the help of patients as the hospitals did not cooperate, he said, adding that a list of COVID hospitals was also circulated on social media. Mr Rai further said that a WhatsApp group including the team members and administrative officials was formed which was very helpful in extending help to the needy. Talking about the support they received from officials, he mentioned that Sadar tehsildar went out of the way to help patients. On the team’s efforts in rural areas, he said,

The condition is now getting better in Gorakhpur and there is no crisis of oxygen and beds but there is a surge in COVID cases in rural areas which is a real challenge as the healthcare system is not strong there.

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“We are also focusing on rural areas now. We are giving online counselling to people and trying to fill them up with positive energy,” he stressed.

Recognising the help extended to him by Team Madad, Shamshad Ansari, resident of Bishnupura village, said,

My 35-year-old wife Nafeesa Khatoon is suffering from chronic kidney disease and during the first week of May she tested COVID positive. When we failed to get an ICU bed, we contacted Team Madad and they not only informed us about a vacant ICU bed but also helped me in getting medicines.

“My wife is now out of danger and I am very thankful to Team Madad as they not only helped me but gave me counselling during these stressful days,” he added.

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World

16,55,19,102Cases

6,02,96,671Active

10,17,92,380Recovered

34,30,051Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 16,55,19,102 and 34,30,051 have died; 6,02,96,671 are active cases and 10,17,92,380 have recovered as on May 21, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

2,60,31,991 2,59,551Cases

30,27,9251,01,953Active

2,27,12,735 3,57,295Recovered

2,91,331 4,209Deaths

In India, there are 2,60,31,991 confirmed cases including 2,91,331 deaths. The number of active cases is 30,27,925 and 2,27,12,735 have recovered as on May 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

54,97,448 29,911

3,85,785 18,444

50,26,308 47,371

85,355 984

Karnataka

23,35,524 28,869

5,34,975 23,936

17,76,695 52,257

23,854 548

Kerala

22,63,959 30,491

3,18,220 14,006

19,38,887 44,369

6,852 128

Tamil Nadu

17,34,804 35,579

2,63,390 9,814

14,52,283 25,368

19,131 397

Uttar Pradesh

16,51,530 6,681

1,16,434 7,145

15,16,508 13,590

18,588 236

Andhra Pradesh

15,21,142 22,610

2,09,134 602

13,02,208 23,098

9,800 114

Delhi

14,09,950 3,231

40,214 4,833

13,47,157 7,831

22,579 233

West Bengal

12,09,958 19,091

1,31,510 19

10,64,553 18,910

13,895 162

Chhattisgarh

9,36,423 5,212

81,466 4,402

8,42,662 9,501

12,295 113

Rajasthan

8,97,193 7,680

1,43,974 9,152

7,45,873 16,705

7,346 127

Gujarat

7,76,220 4,773

89,018 3,599

6,77,798 8,308

9,404 64

Madhya Pradesh

7,52,735 4,952

72,725 4,882

6,72,695 9,746

7,315 88

Haryana

7,22,964 6,457

62,352 8,406

6,53,407 14,734

7,205 129

Bihar

6,76,045 5,871

54,407 4,204

6,17,397 9,977

4,241 98

Odisha

6,55,899 11,498

96,995 1,603

5,56,501 9,870

2,403 25

Telangana

5,44,263 3,660

45,757 1,189

4,95,446 4,826

3,060 23

Punjab

5,23,423 5,469

67,041 3,458

4,43,666 8,736

12,716 191

Assam

3,53,574 6,573

53,165 3,428

2,97,902 3,071

2,507 74

Jharkhand

3,24,884 2,056

26,511 2,330

2,93,659 4,326

4,714 60

Uttarakhand

3,03,940 3,658

68,643 4,529

2,29,813 8,028

5,484 159

Jammu And Kashmir

2,60,057 4,169

50,554 60

2,06,081 4,042

3,422 67

Himachal Pradesh

1,72,722 2,648

33,448 1,676

1,36,679 4,258

2,595 66

Goa

1,41,567 1,582

20,808 2,156

1,18,487 3,694

2,272 44

Puducherry

91,465 1,957

18,277 625

71,919 1,304

1,269 28

Chandigarh

57,331 404

6,073 497

50,592 891

666 10

Tripura

44,359 863

6,807 482

37,097 379

455 2

Manipur

41,909 644

6,904 87

34,359 546

646 11

Meghalaya

26,927 1,183

6,477 708

20,061 465

389 10

Arunachal Pradesh

23,159 360

2,731 146

20,339 214

89

Nagaland

19,284 326

4,519 93

14,520 222

245 11

Ladakh

17,025 107

1,589 0

15,264 106

172 1

Sikkim

12,204 249

3,122 30

8,865 216

217 3

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

9,850 102

672 16

9,174 86

4

Mizoram

9,740 296

2,303 160

7,407 136

30

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

6,758 49

261 32

6,401 16

96 1

Lakshadweep

5,756 290

1,664 190

4,072 98

20 2





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