Itanagar: In what can be termed as an innovative method to enforce social distancing, Dr Jumge Padu, an active frontline COVID-19 warrior of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district, has erected around 53 umbrellas sheds in front of the Aalo branch of State Bank of India (SBI) to help customers visiting the bank mitigate the harsh summer weather. Aalo, the district headquarters of West Siang, is around 370 km from state capital Itanagar.
Dr Padu’s innovative step was supported by the Kibom Old Age Welfare Society (KOAWS), a local NGO and International Diagnostic Centre, a pharmacy in Aalo town.
“Following the relaxation of lockdown norms with Arunachal falling under the green zone, scores of restless customers started to visit SBI daily which was making it difficult for the authorities concerned to regulate the people standing in the queue. On being asked by the district administration to contain the same through an innovative method, Dr Padu promptly responded with the umbrella sheds,” officials said.
The shed is not only helping the authorities maintain proper social distancing, but also giving comfort to the people from the humid weather and if in case it rains. The shed is being regulated by volunteers of the KOAWS and there are separate entry and exits for male and female customers, officials added.
Even West Siang deputy commissioner Swetika Sachan who visited the site on Monday was all praises for Dr Padu and the KOAWS.
Besides erecting the umbrella sheds, Dr Padu has also been instrumental in imparting training to various self-help groups in different villages on making hand-stitched masks. This effort of his has richly helped the West Siang unit of Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association (APDA) on its ‘Masks for all’ campaign. ‘Masks for All’ is a mask distribution campaign, initiated by the APDA through which it has distributed thousands of face masks to the people across the state free of cost.
Dr Padu, who is a medical officer of Yomcha primary health centre, is currently working with the team of Aalo general hospital in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.