Extraordinary eventualities name for atypical responses. And no person has risen to the problem of Covid as admirably as our healthcare employees. It was once handiest becoming, subsequently, that the 6th version of the INDIA TODAY Safaigiri awards are devoted to those frontline warriors. As a tribute, the commendations this time have been known as the ‘Healthgiri Awards’ to honor the people and institutes that led the way in which within the combat towards the pandemic. In an internet tournament held at the instance of Mahatma Gandhi’s beginning anniversary, 11 institutes and people gained awards in 10 classes.

Acknowledging their stellar function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a written message, mentioned that serving other folks all over the sort of disaster is worthy of particular popularity. “The exemplary work of our healthcare workforce as frontline warriors in such a scenario assumes even more significance because the deepest values of humanity that they embody inspire everyone else to rise above the situation.” He additionally emphasized that dressed in a mask, gazing social distancing, keeping up cleanliness, washing arms, and spreading the message of protection to others whilst main by means of instance remained our maximum essential equipment to attain over the virus.

Union minister of well being and circle of relatives welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated that during his keynote cope with. He warned that carelessness in following the Covid-19 advisory would make the duty tougher. Face mask, he mentioned, remained the most efficient coverage towards the virus. Lauding the paintings of well-being employees, he mentioned, “We are now [reopening the country], but we have been seeing a significant number of people who are careless in following government guidelines. Face masks are our biggest protection, but we must also remember to maintain do gaj ki doori (a distance of two yards), to wash hands, and maintain sanitization to keep the coronavirus at bay.”

In his welcome cope with, INDIA TODAY Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie recognized the contribution of each and every sector within the combat towards Covid-19. Hospitals, personal and public, he mentioned, rose to the problem inside days of the initiation of a coordinated nationwide reaction. National establishments ready and revised protocols for diagnostics and trying out. State-owned entities, aware of the ever-changing flooring realities, unexpectedly ferried drugs, ventilators, and different apparatus around the nation. Enterprising corporations advanced indigenous trying out kits and clinical apparatus at a fragment of the price of imported ones. Non-governmental organizations contributed in some ways, from offering rations to these in wish of making masks and sanitizers. “None of these remarkable people and institutions knew that they would be recognized for their work while they were doing it,” he mentioned.

On their phase, the winners of the awards expressed their gratitude for the popularity conferred on them and vowed to proceed with their paintings for the good thing about society.


WINNER: Kerala

WHY IT WON: Set up 216 Covid hospitals and carried out 1.6 million Covid exams until September 1 Had longer preliminary 28-day quarantine, constructed isolation shelters for migrants, arrange Covid care centers for vacationers and other folks in transit ‘Break the Chain’ consciousness marketing campaign. Formed 190,000 WhatsApp teams to coach on Covid care Provided greater than 8.6 million unfastened foods Announced Rs 20,000 cr particular package deal


With a total rating of 94.2 out of 100, Kerala emerged as the most efficient state in Covid control. So some distance, the state has one of the vital lowest fatality charges in India, 0.38 consistent with cent in comparison to the nationwide moderate of one.58 consistent with cent. As of October 1, the state had reported 204,241 instances with 131,052 (64.16 consistent with cent) recoveries and 771 deaths. Firm motion, other folks’ participation, and superb healthcare supply were the principal guns in Kerala’s armory towards Covid-19.

Kerala was once the place Covid first landed within the nation on January 30. With round 1.Nine million Keralites operating out of the country, hundreds of scholars finding out in overseas universities, greater than 1,000,000 overseas vacationers visiting the state annually, and floating inhabitants of 900,000 migrant employees, the state was once within the high-risk class. The state additionally has an excessive density of inhabitants with 859 individuals consistent with sq. kilometer.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his authorities are actually fearful in regards to the new wave of infections spreading within the state. “Since the first case was reported in the state, we were far ahead in controlling the spread of the disease, but now that situation is beginning to change,” he mentioned. “On average, the number of patients is doubling every 20 days. Cases per million in Kerala are 5,143 compared to the national average of 5,852. However, the case fatality rate is much better than the national average. But it will increase with the rise in the number of patients. Our first priority is to check the spread of infection with firm action.” The state authorities plan to assign gazetted officials to each native self-government frame, giving them particular powers to execute Covid-related duties. Violations of Covid protocol may also draw in heavy fines.

By Jeemon Jacob



Thank you, IA F planes fly over AIIMS to precise gratitude

Taking Charge

Within a couple of days of the outbreak, AIIMS arrange 22 devoted wards, 5 ICUs, 90 ventilators, and 1,426 isolation wards for Covid sufferers. “From March itself, we took a leading and holistic role in the pandemic,” says Dr. Randeep Guleria, AIIMS director. “We set up a massive procurement, training, testing, and treatment chain to cover all aspects of Covid management.”

To juggle the jobs of a Covid care center and the rustic’s biggest public medical institution, AIIMS swiftly commissioned constructions in NCI (National Cancer Institute), Jhajjar, to house over 600 sufferers and just about 1,700 beds total for Covid-19. It then transferred all sufferers from its trauma center in Delhi, many on ventilators, to the principal medical institution to transform it right into a Covid-19 facility.

AIIMS was once additionally instrumental in increasing Covid trying out within the capital. “Real-time PCR facilities were running round the clock to ensure individuals received results within 12 hours,” says Guleria. The medical institution may be the usage of its CB-NAAT machines to run Covid diagnoses. Its virology lab is offering coaching and high-quality assurance to greater than 30 labs throughout Delhi.

Being the rustic’s main analysis medical institution, AIIMS started investment Covid analysis from April itself and has funded over 50 such tasks until date.

By Sonali Acharjee



All Hands on Deck

For Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, a three,000-bed tertiary care educating and charitable medical institution, offering Covid care concerned many demanding situations. The infection keeps an eye on and triaging protocols have been installed position in January 2020 and groups created in March labored tirelessly to organize for the worst and to allay group of workers and affected person anxieties. CMC started by means of allocating 150 beds in March and these days have 924, together with 96 ICU beds, for Covid sufferers. “A dedicated faculty who led the infection control, engineering and triaging initiatives, backed by a proactive administration, helped us weather this storm,” says clinical superintendent Dr k. Prasad Mathews. A Covid Command Centre (CCC) with 70 groups of workers from more than a few departments was once arranging early on. “The staff had to be trained overnight: training 10,000 staff, each category with their own training needs, was an extremely difficult task,” says Mathews. Challenges persisted as CMC confronted a critical financial crunch with losing affected person numbers and falling earnings. Several groups of workers donated their salaries whilst others pledged to take decrease pay for 6 months to assist tide over the disaster. CMC supplied 24-hour emergency clinical and surgical care all through the lockdown length when maximum hospitals round have been close. Early preparation, the anticipation of shortages of a mask and provides, designing protected, cheap choices of PPE, the entirety helped within the combat towards Covid.

By Amarnath k. Menon



On the name, Dr. Trehan (in white blouse) takes a staff assembly


With the Covid pandemic and the unexpected decline in a call for in-patient and out-patient care, even surgical procedures contracted in numbers, Medanta scaled up its technology-based services and products. Telemedicine consultations noticed a 700 consistent with cent enlargement since sooner than the pre-Covid generation and downloads in their app crossed the 100,000 marks. Ensuring that Covid remedy wards have totally become independent from non-Covid ones helped construct affected persons accept as true with and self-assurance as lockdown restrictions started to be lifted. The medical institution hasn’t laid off an unmarried worker and mass coaching campaigns have been organized for a group of workers via coaching modules and consciousness periods.

All the groups of workers who have been inflamed by means of Covid-19 have been handled by means of the medical institution which helped spice up accept as true with. “Our goal was to provide reliable Covid care to patients but equally to help keep our staff protected and their morale upbeat,” says Dr. Naresh Trehan, founding father of Medanta. “A hospital runs on its staff, and Covid was a high-stress time for all, especially as news of healthcare workers being infected in the country began to come in.” As of August 24, the medical institution had misplaced the handiest 121 Covid sufferers and had a restoration price of 91 consistent with cent. Medanta additionally took time to handle non-Covid crucial sufferers, topic to the limitations, it persisted to permit a couple of crucial optionally available admissions.

Medanta additionally performed a bigger function within the pandemic. “There were a lot of misconceptions about Covid and precautions were needed to prevent transmission,” says Dr. Trehan. The medical institution held over 1,500 virtual webinars on Covid consciousness, initiated counseling for RWAs and healthcare employees, and put in combination social media consciousness campaigns for accountable masks utilization.

By Sonali Acharjee



Double responsibility, Two contributors of Max’s crack Covid staff

First on Many Counts

Towards the top of April, Max Healthcare was the primary medical institution within the nation to effectively deal with a Covid affected person with plasma treatment. The medical institution’s dedication has ensured that it has misplaced lower than 100 sufferers for the reason that the pandemic started. As of August 24, it had a 97 consistent with cent restoration price, the very best within the NCR. By then, the medical institution had 12 devoted isolation wards for Covid sufferers, four devoted ICUs, and 32 ventilators. Max applied strict pointers which ensured that at no level did non-Covid docs or sufferers come into touch with Covid instances. The medical institution even arranges flu clinics to regard and isolate all those that had signs however weren’t showed Covid certainly. The medical institution additionally provides house isolation programs.

By Sonali Acharjee




SAFETY FIRST, Reliance Foundation group of workers distributes face mask in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh

The Reliance Foundation arrange India’s first devoted Covid-19 facility in Mumbai, on the SevenHills Hospital, in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The 100-bed medical institution was once scaled as much as 250 beds inside two weeks. The basis supplied cell clinical devices on the doorstep of sufferers, raised Covid consciousness in rural spaces, and constructed an isolation center in Lodhivali, Maharashtra.

At the time of review by means of the jury, the basis had spent Rs 790 crore on preventing Covid-19, together with a donation of Rs 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund. The basis mentored self-help teams and village establishments to provide masks for neighborhood and frontline employees and farmer manufacturer organizations to relieve farmers’ misery all over the lockdown. Reliance Nutrition Garden advanced a cheap, natural lawn fashion, constructed neighborhood resilience, and ensured a higher diet for households at a nominal price. The different focal point was once to create livelihoods for migrants inside their villages. Over 5,000 households were given assist in getting access to social entitlements, akin to activity playing cards and rations below the general public distribution device. Around 7,800 migrant employees have been related to employment alternatives below MGNREGA and 1,500 have been re-skilled to absorb agri-based actions, akin to horticulture, vegetable cultivation, and fisheries.

By M.G. Arun




The Virus Watchdog

Since confirming in end-January that the radical coronavirus had arrived in India, the National Institute of Virology has been on a project to improve trying out capability, supply coaching, and broaden new check kits. Through its efforts, the rustic now has 107 virus analysis and diagnostic labs, 935 authorities medical institution labs, and 1,500 personal labs for Covid. NIV Pune director Dr. Priya Abraham began forming groups of scientists from mid-January for the combat forward whilst the National Influenza Centre, positioned inside of NIV, started dummy runs of lab corona primers. In the preliminary days, the NIV bore all of the prices of a cargo of samples, deploying a group of workers at airports even in the dead of night to convey them to the institute. “We worked at high speed to complete testing as patients needed to be isolated,” says Dr. Abraham. NIV handles a median of 3,000 samples day by day and has examined a couple of 3rd of the entire samples in India. “NIV has been able to battle the virus because of good teamwork. I personally meditate [to ease the pressure], but many people must have prayed for our success,” says Dr. Abraham.

By Kiran D. Tare




Turning adversity into an alternative, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS’s) social carrier frame, the Rashtriya Sewa Bharati (RSB), has made nice strides in serving the ones in want all over those previous few months. It opened around 11,000 meals distribution centers around the nation, in addition to 483 clinical centers that experience helped over 146,000 other folks. As many as 580,000 RSB employees contributed with their effort in tens of hundreds of puts around the nation: 7.four million ration kits, 466,000 able meals packets, and Nine million masks have been disbursed, with brief lodging being supplied to over 200,000 other folks without refuge. Ayurvedic therapies have been disbursed to over 6 million other folks, with greater than 6,200 bottles of blood amassed for blood banks throughout India.

The RSB additionally prolonged its efforts to assist nomadic tribes, with over 267,000 other folks provided with meal rations. RSB’s nationwide president, Pannalal Bhansaliji, says, “These figures are only up to June 5, our work has continued even after the lockdown was lifted, though we stopped collecting data. This has been the largest-scale effort that the RSB has conducted in its 17-year history.”

It was once the present RSS common secretary, Bhaiyyaji Joshi, who helped arrange the RSB in 2003 when the RSS felt the wish to determine a devoted organization for its social carrier efforts. (The organization had already been carrying out social carrier programs below the aegis of a number of allied organizations.)

Today, the RSB is unfolded around the nation. It runs 120,000 training tasks, together with 8,000 Vidya Bharati faculties, 13,000 well-being tasks, 15,500 social integration tasks and eight,000 self-reliance tasks. A lot of those tasks are run in spaces the place authorities help is unavailable, for example, is tricky to succeed in mountainous spaces and rural districts. Parag Abhyankar, the nationwide Seva pramukh (social carrier head) of the RSS, who guides the RSB, says, “We have gained much experience from our work in the Covid period. It has added to our social service vision.”

By Uday Mahurkar


A serving to hand, Father Paul Moonjely (in white)


Community Effort

Caritas has performed a significant function in offering assistance all over the pandemic. Father Paul Moonjely, government director, says Caritas organized consciousness drives, analysis conferences, webinars, and workshops, with the exception of distributing meals, knowledge, and different assets. It engaged with authorities departments at a couple of ranges, in addition to panchayats, marketplace distributors, and financial institution officers for a nationally-coordinated reaction. “Our local partners and parishes across the country made available their institutions, hospitals, volunteers, and experts to reach out to those who needed help,” says Father Moonjely. “There were even cases where staff contributed a portion of their salaries.”

One of its maximum commendable efforts was once the distribution of meals and water to migrant employees returning to their house states on foot. “Food was distributed to relief camps and quarantine centers. Many migrants were also helped with filling up forms for PDS cards,” says Father Moonjely. Caritas additionally helped with disseminating details about quarantine protocols, teach and bus schedules, and price ticket availability to migrants.

Caritas is now making plans to ramp up its efforts. “The migrant crisis, food shortages, and the psychological effect on children and parents are all consequences of the pandemic, the areas in which we can help are being continuously identified.”

By Ridhi Kale



QUICK WORK, Hasmukh Rawal, managing director, Mylab


On March 18, virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale, Mylab’s analysis, and building leader submitted two key proposals, one to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and the opposite to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), for approval on a brand new RT-PCR Covid analysis equipment. India was once carrying out just one,000 exams day by day on the time, some distance cry from the 1.Five million being carried out day by day as of September 25, and loss of check kits was once a significant reason. The Mylab equipment was the primary domestically-manufactured Covid analysis equipment that now not handiest lowered the margin for error considerably, but in addition, ensured India may just scale up trying out.

“When we launched the kit in March-end, most kits in the market were expensive. Ours was one-fourth the price cited by ICMR then,” says Hasmukh Rawal, MD, Mylab. With the Mylab equipment, possibilities of false negatives are lowered vastly. “It uses custom-designed primers and probes which can detect several genes from the virus. It also has special home genes that can detect cases if the sample is slightly contaminated” he provides.

By Sonali Acharjee



WHY IT WON: Worked day by day to verify the supply of crucial services and products, in particular of clinical provides Ensured shoppers are in a position to do financial institution transactions Distributed over 600,000 ration kits to the needy

Soldiering on India, Post workers at Delhi’s Gol Market publish place of business


Never in his 3 a long time of carrier on the division of posts has Rajbir Singh felt the type of force he has all over the Covid pandemic, however, he has additionally by no means felt extra proud. A postman at certainly one of Delhi’s busiest publish workplaces, in Connaught Place, Singh and his colleagues from throughout India stored the rustic going all over the pandemic.

During the lockdown, the postal division’s powerful community of 156,000 publish workplaces, of which 141,000 are in rural spaces, delivered now not handiest clinical kits, ventilators and significant publish, but in addition doorstep supply of pensions and social sector advantages, says Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, secretary on the division of posts. The India Post carrier carried out 38 million India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) transactions value Rs 9,166 crore; of which 11.7 million have been Aadhaar-enabled fee transactions value Rs 2,196 crore, within the lockdown length, whilst over 200,000 postmen and Gramin dak sevaks did doorstep supply of money.

The postal division used the railway freight community to succeed within sight towns after which the mail motor carrier automobiles to ferry crucial items. Hundreds within the division’s body of workers succumbed to Covid. “We have made particular preparations of ex gratia repayment of

Rs 10 lakh and jobs on compassionate grounds to the closest family,” says Bisoi.

By Anilesh S. Mahajan


A LIFELINE, Sonu Sood making sure a protected departure for migrant employees in Wadala, Mumba



While a maximum of his friends used the lockdown to take a sabbatical and stayed indoors, Sonu Sood stepped up and emerged a hero, a task that Bollywood hasn’t ceaselessly entrusted him with. The actor’s charitable paintings all over the pandemic have been so efficient that he has grown to be a helpline of varieties.

It all started with him serving to the day by day salary employees who, stranded in towns without a painting, negligible financial savings and determined to go back to their hometowns, started making their approach house, masking loads of kilometers on foot. April noticed him get started a meal and ration pressure, ‘Shakti Annadanam’, below which 45,000 other folks stranded on roads and highways in Mumbai have been fed. He additionally opened the doorways to his resort Shakti Sagar in Mumbai to healthcare and frontline employees scuffling with Covid. In May, Sood and his buddy Neeti Goel kicked off the ‘Ghar Bhejo’ initiative, arranging buses, trains, or even flights to ship greater than 75,000 migrants to their houses in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand. He additionally began ‘Pravasi Rojgaar’, a digital platform which objectives to supply employment alternatives to 20 million other folks over the following 5 years. Sood even began a toll-free quantity after his social media was once inundated with pleas for assist.

Ask the Dabangg actor what assists in keeping him going and he says: “It is the prayers and wishes that I get from the people in need. I have miles to go but the journey is on. The only way to survive in this world is to give back to society. I promise to do this till my last breath.”

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