New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday asked non-government organisations to work towards spreading awareness about Covid-appropriate behaviour in the society to avoid the risk of a third wave, asserting that civil societies act as a bridge between the government and the people.
Birla also emphasised the need for generating employment by these organisations for those who have lost their job due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the event organised by Rotary Club of Delhi South virtually, Birla said, 'The pandemic is not yet over and it is our responsibility to spread social awareness about COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to avoid a third coronavirus wave.
'We have to prepare ourselves to meet future challenges by developing adequate healthcare infrastructure in small towns and cities.' It should be the endeavour to create medical infrastructure in deprived areas of the country where even the government has not reached, he said, adding, civil societies like Rotary should put in place medical infrastructure in the deprived areas so that underprivileged people can be protected from future pandemic.
'We can fight this global pandemic when all civil societies and other institutions support the efforts of the government,' he said.
Birla urged the new management team of Rotary Club of Delhi South led by president Anil K Agarwal to work towards job generation for slums and also adopt a few villages.
He said businessmen like Agarwal should also help promote products made by women and cottage industries to bolster the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan'.
Besides, he also said focussed attention should be put in areas of women literacy, environment protection, skill development and eradication of malnutrition.
A comprehensive vision needs to be put in place to achieve these objectives, he added.
Sharing details about the initiatives, Agarwal said the organisation has been instrumental in establishment of Rotary Cancer Hospital at AIIMS, the first Blood Bank in New Delhi, Polio eradication Programme in India. Skill development workshops for women, eye testing, free spectacles/medical treatment and cataract surgeries are organised regularly, Agarwal said, adding, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generating plants, free meals, and hand wash soaps, sanitizers, PPE kits, gloves, face masks were provide during the pandemic. PTI DP TDS TDS