The Presidency Alumni Association has taken an initiative to home-deliver washable cotton masks and hand sanitizers to current and former students, professors and non-teaching staff of the university free of cost.
On Wednesday, the members of the alumni association collected hand sanitizers from minister Subrata Mukherjee that the state government is manufacturing, following WHO advisory. “It is a good initiative in such difficult times to help those in need,” said Mukherjee.
The alumni association also procured three-layer washable cotton masks from NGOs that are being made as recommended by experts.
Bivas Chaudhuri, secretary of the Presidency alumni association, said the drive was undertaken because there was a need for long-term use of masks and hand sanitizers to fight Covid-19. Senior alumni members will be given priority. “Keeping in mind the requirements of senior alumni members and aged professors, who are vulnerable to the infection and might risk themselves while venturing out to procure essential items, we thought of delivering masks to their homes in Kolkata and Salt Lake,” said Chaudhuri.
He added that many alumni members lived abroad and were distressed about their families back at home. “As part of the Presidency family, we want them to know that we are concerned about their loved ones and shall do our best to reach out to their families here,” he said. The association will also deliver masks and hand sanitizers to others, who are genuinely in need.
The message of this programme is being spread through various WhatsApp and Facebook groups. To get the service, one has to WhatsApp their requirement to a number that has been provided with.
Alumni association member Sandip Kar is taking care of the distribution of masks and hand sanitizers within the city limits.
Source: Times of India