SHG members playing key role to fight COVID-19 in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Around 70 lakh women members of six lakh Mission Shakti Help groups in Odisha have been playing key role in State Government’s effort to contain Coronavirus, Sujata R Karthikeyan, the director of Mission Shakti said on Monday.

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Briefing the media here, Karthikeyan said, the Women Self Help Group (WSHG) members have been devoting their time in generating awareness, supplying essential commodities, cooking meals for needy persons and even making masks every day.

From early March, the SHG members were assigned the responsibility of creating awareness on COVID-19 at the community level. They took only three days to circulate the pamphlets on how to combat Coronavirus in the state, she said.

They carried the chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s pledge of ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ at the doorsteps of people across the state.

The women also made the rural people understand in simple language that it is not impossible to defeat coronavirus if they stay home and break the transmission chain, Karthikeyan added.

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