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West Bengal: HAM operator drives 98km to deliver medicines to elderly

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On Wednesday, Souporno Sen received an SOS from Swapan Dutta, an elderly resident of Rahara, who was in need of some medicines that weren’t available locally. Sen, who isn’t a relative or an acquaintance of the elderly man, drove to Poddar Court in Kolkata and collected some of the medicines before driving to Uluberia to get the rest. Finally, after a drive of nearly 98km, Sen delivered the medicines to Dutta.

Sen, whose favourite hobby is amateur radio, has emerged as a Covid warrior in these trying times. HAM operators from the state have provided yeoman services across the country during natural disasters such as cyclones, floods and earthquakes. Now, they are using their network to help people in need.

“We have been providing assistance to people ever since the lockdown was announced. On April 9, we received information that an elderly person, Debasis Roy, from Belur Notun Bazaar, Howrah, has been advised hospitalization in Salt Lake. Sen immediately drove to Belur, picked up Roy and got him admitted to the hospital. On Tuesday, his condition improved and he tested negative to Covid-19. Sen again drove to the hospital, got him released and dropped him back home,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary, West Bengal Radio Club.

On Tuesday, even as he was busy with Roy, Sen received a distress call from Vishal, a dog owner. Sen immediately got in touch with HAM operators Kaustav Roy and Shounak Basu, who drove the pet to a facility off E M Bypass.

“On Thursday, a woman called us to say her mother, a resident of Hemanta Mukherjee Road, required some cardiac medicine. Kaustav, who had helped with the pet, searched for the medicine from Barrackpore to Baranagar and finally succeeded in delivering it to the elderly woman. Such people have upheld the tradition of amateur radio being a means to save lives,” Nag Biswas added.

 

Source: Times of India

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