NF Railway, UNICEF join hands to spread awareness against COVID-19 in Assam
Northeast Frontier Railway and UNICEF have joined hands to spread awareness among people on COVID-19 in Assam.
As part of the collaboration, 36 railway stations (14 under Rangiya Railway Division, 13 under Tinsukia Railway Division, and nine under the Lumding Railway Division) across the state will disseminate information on COVID-19 and related topics, starting from the Guwahati and Kamakhya railway stations.
The three-month long collaboration aims to support the ongoing efforts of the Assam health and family welfare department and National Health Mission (NHM), Assam.
Information on COVID-19 disseminated by the government, including types of masks to use, vaccines, mental health, home isolation and care, strains of the virus, helpline numbers, among others, would be placed at the entry and exit gates, platforms, foot bridges and waiting rooms of the railway stations.
Signboards will also be placed on the 20 coaches at Guwahati Railway Station that have been converted to temporary isolation wards.
Commenting on the partnership, NFR general manager, Anshul Gupta said, “This joint initiative with UNICEF Assam will go a long way in educating lakhs of people using railway premises regularly and will help restrict the spread of COVID-19 to a great extent.”
“We know that COVID-19 spreads through the aerosols of an infected person. However, new mutants can also increase the rate and severity of the infection. So it is important to prevent the spread by following COVID-appropriate behaviour,” said UNICEF Assam’s chief of field office, Madhulika Jonathan.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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