The second wave of Covid hit us all very hard in 2021. The numbers of those who suffered were disturbingly high. But the struggle is not over yet. The potential third wave, with the new Omicron variant, is looming on the horizon, yet again. In the wake of this, Gaur City 1st Avenue, a residential society in Greater Noida West, is gearing up to protect itself from the Virus. This is something they did during the second wave too.
The society has recorded 20+ new cases and residents and the AOA team has once again revived its Medical SOS team. The society is all prepped with O2 cylinder setup, Oximeters and other medical devices, free medicine bank for the residents, PPE kit for the sanitization staff and masks for the maintenance, security and housekeeping staff. Many more similar Covid related facilities have been made available for the residents of the society.
Anoop Kumar Soni, 34, Assistant Secretary of AOA team, says, "Last year, we started this Covid Care Centre and when there were almost no cases, we packed all the stuff. On Wednesday, we have again started this centre as the cases are increasing in our society. We also conducted Online Covid Awareness session few days back where residents from other society had also joined."
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Rakesh Kumar, 33, a resident of the society, lost his mother to Covid during the second wave. While talking about how all these arrangements helped him, he says, "During the second wave my entire family which includes my parents, my wife and even my 8 months old baby had tested Covid positive. At that time, our society's AOA and other residents were very helpful. They organised a Covid Care Centre inside the society premises and helped me with everything."
While talking about how the society has proactively been making efforts to fight against Corona, Manish Srivastava, a resident of the society, says, "We started all these facilities even before the lack of cylinders came into light during the second wave. We tied up with some hospitals. Also we started the L1 facility catering to non-critical Covid-19 patients in our society. We timely ordered all the oxygen cylinders during the crises. The fellow residents helped monetarily for making all these arrangements."
Anshul Bhatia, 33, another resident of the society, says, "Those who chose to volunteer for the cause proactively created SOS team for helping others in the pandemic."