In order to make people aware about the COVID-19 pandemic situation, its prevention and dealing with it as per the Government guidelines, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation added five more vehicles to its fleet to the existing five, for information, education and communication (IEC) activity, across the city.
The 10 vehicles were decked up with slogans on COVID-19 related and branding for ‘’Mo Sapatha, Nua Abhyasa’’ to popularise preventive practice of COVID-19 like use of masks while going out, maintaining social distancing, frequenting washing of hands with soap and no spitting at public places. The recorded audio on these preventive practices are also being played while the vehicles move around the city.
Two vehicles each will be placed at each of the administrative zones, while two others will be placed at the Central office in Gautam Nagar. Vehicles will also be used at major markets of the city for the awareness activity.
The vehicles will also be attending the COVID awareness camps at various wards across the city (both slum and non-slum locations). The awareness camps are being held at several locations in the city as community-based COVID awareness camps are organised by 67 ward officers, 1,737 COVID ‘’sachetaks’’, 348 ‘’sachetak’’ mentors.
Moreover, 120 young peer leaders of the Socially Smart Bhubaneswar Project under the Smart City are also collectively working for a greater community-based awareness campaign during the pandemic. These community-based activities are being organised for preventive measures on COVID-19, encouraging testing, support to public and helping the people undergoing home quarantine/isolation.
The activities are also including community cooperation initiatives in order to ensure better preparedness of the city to fight the battle against the pandemic.