GB Cares joins hands with capital admin to contain spread of Covid-19 on 9th Muharram
Islamabad (TP) September 30, 2020: As the capital administration is battling to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteers of Gilgit-Baltistan Cares —group of people from GB residing in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi — joined hands with the capital administration to contain the spread of the coronavirus among the participants of the 9th Muharram procession on Saturday.
The volunteers distributed over 15000 face masks and provided hand sanitisers to the mourners at entry points of the procession. The volunteers also educated the volunteers about social distancing, frequent hand-washing and the standards of operating procedures (SOPs) designed by the government for the religious congregation.
The volunteers had also set up a medical camp where they provided free first aid and medicine to the participants of the procession. At the conclusion of the procession, the volunteers carried out a cleanliness drive on the entire procession route. District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia, who was actively collaborating the volunteers, appreciated their efforts and said that the cooperation of the citizens was the need of the hour for defeating the pandemic. “There is a considerable reduction in cases but the health crisis caused by the coronavirus is not over yet,” the health official said. He urged the citizens to follow the SOPs and maintain social distancing.
The GB Cares volunteers thanked Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat and DHO for providing them with the logistics and support.
“Prevention is better than cure. We can defeat the virus only with precautionary measures,” Shehzad Manwa, a volunteer said. Another volunteer Kaleem said that it was the responsibility of every individual to keep his environment clean, especially during the current pandemic situation. “The best of the drive is that people from various sects of Islam actively participated, giving a message of religious harmony'” Kaleem added.
GB cares is a group of educated people of Gilgit-Baltistan residing in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi which provides all possible support to the patients of Gilgit-Baltistan during health emergencies. They also donate blood if needed.