DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam joined the team on Wednesday and lend his support to its drive in the kitchen markets around the residential neighbourhood
Gulshan Society, a local community-based action group in Gulshan, has so far been phenomenal in its fight against COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus.
It is one of the first neighbourhood to create awareness about the deadly virus and has placed 50 large instructional banners across the Gulshan area on Saturday.
In cooperation with Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), the banners encourage hand washing, avoidance of large gatherings, covering-up when sneezing and coughing, and self-quarantine after returning from abroad.
The organization quickly developed itself into a cross-functional team. In no time, GS has drawn support from numerous stakeholders – City Corporation, private businesses, academia and international development partners. Through a core WhatsApp group and smaller WhatsApp groups, it is expanding its initiatives in an extraordinary way.
A specialised hybrid team of Community Police and Cleaners have also been formed with the objective of complimenting Dhaka North City Corporation in spraying disinfectants around the pharmacies, kitchen markets and strategic points in Gulshan Avenue.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam joined the team on Wednesday and lend his support to its drive in the kitchen markets around the residential neighbourhood. The mayor was delighted to see the community’s spontaneous and spirited engagement.
To meet the growing needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as bodysuits, hand gloves and masks as well as chemicals for sanitizers; a number of multi-national companies including Sunman-Birdem Pharma, Aqua Paints and Elite Garments have come forward as well.
Pathao, an on-demand ride-sharing digital platform and transportation network company headquartered in Dhaka, is also working with UNDP and GS to highlight awareness campaigns about Covid-19.
Hand sanitizers, made by BRAC University’s Pharmacy Department, were distributed to the cleaners, community police, and rickshaw pullers. Daily labourers have received Solidarity Food Packages containing rice, lentil, oil, and potatoes. A total of 500 packages were planned for distribution throughout the week with the majority already handed over to the needy and poor.
A large number of private donors and small businesses have come forward to support the GS led initiatives and many more organizations have also committed to assisting in the coming weeks and months.
Shayaan Seraj, Gulshan Society’s Civic-Utilities & Traffic Management Convener, spearheaded the initiatives along with the organisation’s Secretary-General Barrister Shukla Sarwat Siraj.
In a statement, Shayaan said: "The response has been phenomenal. There has been a diverse group of stakeholders reaching out to us on a daily basis and offering their help. It’s the first time in my lifetime, I have seen as many people united against one cause, the fight against COVID-19. Through a disciplined lifestyle, it is possible to neutralise pandemics and prevent deadly viruses from spreading."