Durg, June 23
Along with the hectic task of maintaining law and order as well as compliance of lockdown guidelines, police in Durg, one of the districts worst-hit by COVID-19, have initiated a series of efforts to arrest the spread of COVID-19 and also helped people in distress during the crime of crisis.
Aiming to help people in distress, a 24×7 helpline number was launched on the directives of Durg Superintendent of Police (SP) Prashant Thakur. The helpline number was providing necessary assistance to people in need by establishing coordination between senior officials and the control room. Initially, the helpline number was launched for police personnel and their family members, but owing to the situation emerging out of massive caseload, the helpline numbers started assisting police personnel from other districts, armed personnel, journalists and common people.
With this helpline, Durg Police extended help to people in need for beds in hospitals, ventilators, oxygen equipped beds, life saving drugs, ration and others, said SP Prashant Thakur.
The SP further informed that taking another step, a COVID Help Desk under the monitoring of Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Sanjay Dhruv was formed to provide assistance related to medical and ration. For establishing coordination with other departments, a team was constituted for establishing smooth coordination with other departments and execution of works. The team was comprised of three Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) Nishant Pathak, Dr Chitra Verma and Vijay Rajput; two inspectors Gaurav Pandey and G L Darsen; and 15 police personnel.
Similarly, a tele-calling facility under the guidance of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) Pravirchandra Tiwari was started in Bhilai that extended help of around 3300 infected patients that include police personnel, their family members and others, added SP Thakur.
This help desk ensured vaccination of around 600 families that include police officials/personnel, their family members, retired officials/personnel and kins of martyrs, said SP Thakur, adding that the helpdesk ensured testing of more than 1100 persons.
Continuing its effort in dealing with the COVID-19, police launched an ambulance service that extended help to over 100 patients, said the officer.
The officer further added that along with distribution of dry ration to people in crisis, the team of Durg Police provided prepared meals to the family members of COVID positive patients, distress people near railway station, bus stand, slums and near temples.
Moreover, the Station House Officers (SHOs) and other staffers of the police stations in district played major role in ensuring smooth functioning of hospitals in areas under their respective jurisdiction, pointed SP Thakur, adding that to avert any untoward incident, police personnel also provided requisite security cover to doctors and nursing staffers.
Meanwhile, a police team was entrusted with the task of spreading awareness among people about the infectious disease, preventive measures, vaccination, lockdown guidance and other queries through social media activities, short films and other means, informed SP Thakur, adding that police personnel are still continuing series of efforts for the prevention of the contagious disease.