With the number of Coronavirus cases increasing, rural women in Assam’s Jorhat district are becoming ‘Covid Warriors’ by producing essential safety and hygiene products to fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Rural Women Technology Park (RWTP) supported by SEED Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST), have engaged rural women to prepare various products such as hand sanitizer, homemade mask, and liquid disinfectant.
These products will be distributed freely among family members and poor people in the nearby village to help combat COVID 19 in the area.
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, said,”Meeting a challenge such as COVID-19 needs strong community participation and support. Self-help groups and dedicated NGOs are perfect vehicles in the current scenario for awareness creation, introducing relevant solutions, making and distributing the low tech items such as masks and disinfectants.”
The women from the rural region were trained to produce homemade masks from ‘Gamocha’ (a traditional Assamese cotton towel) by RWTP, Jorhat. Design of the home made mask has been finalized and around 150 Gamochas purchased and two sewing machines are arranged. Six homemade masks can be prepared from one Gamocha.
The press release said,”The women of RWTP were trained before closing down on March 24. The participant women prepared about 50 litres of hand sanitizer, 160 litres of liquid disinfectant which have been distributed among the 60 women participants and their family members.”
The RWTP women also prepared posters and leaflets on ‘COVID19 : Do’s and Don’ts’ in Assamese language for making people aware about the Corona Virus and precautionary measures to be taken during the present situation.
According to a proposal, women will be paid at Rs.15 per mask. In addition, 200 litres of liquid disinfectant has already been produced and the raw materials required for the disinfectant like dettol, ethanol, glycerine, essential oil have been acquired.
The disinfectant will also be distributed freely among the family members and poor people in the nearby village.