Pune, July 9, 2020: Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, where chaos and fear among the people can be seen some good Samaritans have volunteered to work with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The PMC staff is overworked, in order to provide them relief around 60 citizens have shown up from all over the city to ease their workload.
Citizens who have signed up will work in Covid-19 care centres (CCCs), swab collection hubs, help in undertaking surveys and manning the control room. At a time when people are afraid of going out or going near Covid-19 patients, these fearless citizens have volunteered to work in Covid-19 care centres. PMC officials were very proud and thankful for these volunteers and said they are looking for more dutiful citizens like them to help out during these grave times.
People who wish to volunteer with PMC can apply at covidsevak.punecorporation.org. The civic body had appealed to the people at the start of the pandemic in March to volunteer, many citizens had applied by April but the process didn’t take off due to some reason. But now when the Covid-19 cases keep rising, officials are in desperate need for help.
Pune Mirror newspaper quoted PMC Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad that these volunteers will help them communicate with each and every Covid-19 patient. These volunteers will be deployed in our control room in three shifts. A questionnaire will be given to them and based on the responses from the patients they will be further connected with doctors. At the CCCs volunteers will be responsible for the supply of items in shortage. At swab collections hubs, they will be responsible for monitoring social distancing norms etc. These volunteers will definitely help our tired and overworked staff.”