Societies gird up their loins to take on the COVID-19 challenge
Societies gird up their loins to take on the COVID-19 challenge
Mirah Zamin
Societies gird up their loins to take on the COVID-19 challenge
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Societies gird up their loins to take on the COVID-19 challenge

Greater Noida: Residential societies in Gautam Budh Nagar have pulled up their socks to deal with the pandemic. While a health advisory has been issued to residents of each society, a maintenance team is deployed to sanitise common areas.

Almost all societies have made it mandatory for all visitors and residents to take the thermal temperature screening at the gate and to sanitise hands before entering the premises of the society.

A few societies have also asked their residents to approach the doctor in case of fever, self-quarantine and maintain social-distancing.

Some societies have decided to close the common areas or have restricted entries as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, Dr. Neelesh Kapoor, general secretary of Noida Extension Medical Association (NEMA ), has been holding awareness camps in societies of Gaur City in Greater Noida for small groups where he would ask them to self-quarantine for at least 14 days in case they have just returned from abroad.

He told the residents that the play areas need to be sanitised daily and extra-curricular activities including dance classes etc should be suspended for some time.

Dr Kapoor also suggested cleaning of the common areas and floor twice daily with 1 per cent hypochlorite solution or Lizol and Clorox which are recommended by the Center for disease control (CDC). He recommended using spirit to sanitise lifts buttons and panels 3-4 times a day.

He requested the residents to give paid leaves to house-helps and facility staff in case of fever. He also busted the myth that with a rise in temperature the virus will not survive.

Kapoor told the residents to follow a seven-step hand-washing (video of which is available online) strictly for 4-5 times daily. He asked the residents to dispose of the masks within 24 hours in covered dustbins and use sanitiser which has 60 per cent alcohol.