Narayan Seva Sansthan’s ‘Paramarsh’ campaign creates awareness about Covid-19 amongst disabled people
NGO Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS) in Rajasthan recently held a five-day online live session on social media for disabled people. The aim of the campaign titled ‘Paramarsh’ was to spread awareness about COVID-19 amongst people with and without disabilities. Senior doctors conducted the sessions which was done free of cost.
The COVID-19 virus has taken lives of over 2500 people in India. Nearly 80,000 have already been affected. Even while the pandemic is creating wrath across the globe, doctors and health care workers are in the forefront fighting the battle against this deadly virus. NGO Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS), based out of Rajasthan, recently held a live health consultancy session for disabled people. The campaign titled ‘Paramarsh’ aimed to create awareness about COVID-19 in order to create a safer India.
A much needed campaign amongst disabled community
Many disabled people are not yet fully aware about what COVID-19 is. Misconceptions about the virus spread and fake news adds to it. NSS stepped up and decided to do their bit.
In order to main social distancing and other precautionary measures, the campaign was held online on platforms like Facebook and YouTube.
‘Paramarsh’ campaign was held by senior doctors who answered all the queries related to COVID-19. Over 15,000 people with and without disabilities participated in the sessions that were held in a span of five days between May 10-14. Each session lasted for an hour.
Dr Manas Ranjan Sahu said that disabled people are facing many health issues in the current environment. “Some of the most common problems are lower right leg pain, nerve compression, joint movement problem and bone pain since everyone is sitting at home. They do not have any access to afford quality healthcare facilities”, he says.
NSS initiated this campaign under the guidance of President Prashant Agarwal aiming to address many such issues.
NSS, reaching out to India’s disabled community
Though NSS operates mainly from Rajasthan, they have spread wings to other parts of the globe too. They have also organized many events and helps India’s disabled community in many ways.
In the latest session, disabled people could know more about naturopathy, artificial limbs and many of them asked physiotherapy related questions too.
The NSS team says that during the live sessions, most of the questions were related to heel pain, rheumatoid arthritis, bone tenderness, joint pain, lower back pain, knee pain, slip disc, nerve bulge and joint movement pain.
Ever since the lockdown began on 24 March, NSS has distributed over 76,000 food packets, 40,000 masks and ration for over 1850 families who are in need.
Members at NSS are also making face masks and PPE kits to be handed over to health care workers and policemen who are in the forefront against COVID-19 battle.
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