At a time when the second wave of COVID-19 has swept through the country, several villages in Ganjam district have been able to hold out against the virus, thanks to their self-discipline and awareness.
Hard works of Anganwadi and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) staff have paid off for these ‘Covid-free’ villages. Besides, timely action of the district administration and especially people's awareness seem to be the key to the Kankia panchayat's immunity to the virus.
Health workers and panchayat office staff are reportedly making door-to-door survey in the area and conducting health check up while ensuring that people are following Covid safety protocols.
The villagers are also strictly adhering to the COVID norms. "Coronavirus is yet to hit our village- neither during the first wave nor during this second wave. We have been using masks and sanitisers in a disciplined manner," said Malaya Mallick, a resident of Kankia.
ANM staff Mamini Padhi said, "We pay door-to-door visit and advise people to wear masks. In case of those coming from outside, we ensure that they stay in quarantine for at least 14 days."
"As the villagers have been strictly following the instructions, no Covid case has been reported from the area so far," she added.
Gajabadi panchayat under Soroda block in the district is another such example of ‘zero’ Covid infection. Apart from awareness, a strict 'no' to stepping out of house if not necessary has helped the the panchayat to remain Covid-free.
"As people here are strictly maintaining social distance, using masks and sanitisers and not going outside quite often, no positive case has been detected so far," said Anganwadi staff, Mamata Priyadarsini Sahoo.