Community participation through 110 Slum and Village Committees under the North Zone of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has resulted in a sustained awareness generation and fight against the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Though there are more than 400 slums across the city, the COVID-19 positives in these settlements remained low as mentioned by the civic authorities. For the last two months regular awareness, sanitation, home inspection and visits by the Slum and Village Committees have resulted in a marked difference.
Currently in those 400 odd slums we have 594 active cases only. Not only the Government system but through the active participation of the citizens have resulted in this success in this war against the pandemic.
According to sources these activities in fact, have helped in lowering the COVID burden. North Zone has sanctioned Rs 5,000 to each committee as a first-round budget for IEC and awareness. Involvement of local and community members in different COVID prevention activities has resulted in the active community participation with a tangible reduction of slum cases in the North Zone of BMC.
The civic body has released 1 lakh to each ward as a budget to fight against COVID-19. In Number 21 ward of North Zone 110 Slum and village Committees have already been formed to work towards the community-led fight against the Coronavirus. Each of the Slum and Village committees was financed under the Ward budget.
The committees have been engaged in promoting information education communication (IEC) campaigns, family awareness, organising meetings, sanitisation, helping surveillance team, spraying of sodium hypochlorite solution in the affected surroundings, up-to-date information about symptomatic cases and organising meetings to review the status.