With the number of Covid cases continuing to spiral up across the state, high-rises in Kolkata are taking steps to create awareness among residents. Gated communities in the city are at risk despite taking steps to curb the entry of outsiders, including domestic helps, as asymptomatic residents who have contracted the disease during their movements outside the complexes could spread it to others — particularly the elderly, the ailing and the children.
While the South City Apartment Owners’ Association organized a virtual interactive session for residents on Sunday, office bearers at Silver Spring and Urbana have been spreading updated information through social media.
“This is an unprecedented situation and people have a lot of questions. The South City Heathcare Group has been issuing timely updates that are being circulated. The interactive session at South City Towers was a major event. We had resident doctors Hrisikesh Kumar, Paramita Trivedi and P K Hazra answering questions. Some Covid survivors also participated and spoke about their experiences. It surely helped in putting unnecessary panic at rest while informing residents of what steps they need to take to remain safe,” said Ritesh Agrawal, a board member of the welfare association and the Rotary Club of the complex that helped in organizing the session.
The complex houses nearly 6,000 people. The doctors spoke from their experiences and insisted on the need to maintain social distance and wear masks. Among other things, Trivedi spoke on how the concept of herd immunity is fraught with danger without a vaccine.
The residents’ association at Silver Spring has been sending out regular advisories and guidelines that have the latest government regulations and instructions to prevent the virus from spreading. Videos and online material explaining procedures such as home isolation and quarantine are also shared. “As large gatherings are forbidden, we regularly interact via WhatsApp or video calls. Everybody is involved in the decision-making process and we organized an online vote to decide whether domestic helps should be allowed inside again,” said Ashok Baid, a senior member of the residents’ association.
Urbana has constituted a Covid vigilance team comprising residents and facility management representatives. The team meets regularly to chart out the ‘dos and don’ts’ for residents to prevent spread of the virus. With nearly eight persons from the complex suffering from the infection, social distancing and sanitization have turned into critical issues. “Residents are kept informed about the number of cases within the complex and government guidelines. Material is also shared on how to remain safe at home. We are also encouraging residents to remain inside as much as possible and restrict the number of visitors,” said Debjani Mukherjee, vice-president, facility management, Urbana Residential Complex.
Source: Times of India