COVID19: BMC trains peer leaders for community awareness


Bhubaneswar: In order to involve peer leaders of Socially Smart Project of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) as Covid Sachetak, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) organised a two-day training programme at Saheed Nagar Kalyan Mandap here. The training was provided by officials of BMC and doctors.

These peer leaders will form a part of Covid Sachetak Committee and create awareness at community level on COVID-19. They will move from door to door and talk to people about social distancing, hand hygiene and aspects like symptoms of Covid etc. They will also work to identify people with probable symptoms of Covid and inform the ZCO and other officials for further support. Through the initiative BMC hopes to reach out to the people in slums to ensure that the virus spread is contained.

It is pertinent to point out that the peer leaders are a part of the Socially Smart Project which is a collaborative initiative of BMC, BSCL and United Nations Population Fund and has been operational since 2017.

The project focuses on young people and has trained over 120 young boys and girls in three phases of life skill education. These youths work in close collaboration with different stakeholders to address issues and challenges of slum with focus on issues of young people. The project is currently being implemented at the level of 100 slums of the Temple City.

Deepanjali Swain of Jagannath Basti Press Colony, said after the training, it is a unique opportunity to play active role to contain the spread of virus at our community level in this pandemic situation.

“People in our slums are not very careful and can be seen playing cards in groups. Many of them also do not use mask. We will form a group and move from house to house and create awareness on the various aspects of COVID-19. We are hopeful that we will be able to strengthen the efforts of Covid Sachetak Committee that is working to create awareness on the issue,” she added.

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