Visakhapatnam Railways Authority had assigned few government teachers to collect the details of people travelling from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam by Godavari Express. As the employees were small in number and the crowd were high, and the risk of covid was persisting, the Railway authority approached our organisation for volunteer support. A team of 40 Vizag Volunteers joined hands to undertake and accomplish this activity. This activity started on June 5th 2020, and continued till July 1st 2020. The volunteers served the Railway authority regularly from morning 5 am till 7:30 pm.
At the request of the Youth Services department in Visakhapatnam, Vizag Volunteers assigned 40 volunteers to the Visakhapatnam Railway station for screening of passengers at the Visakhapatnam Railway station. This task came when the number of cases in the country was on an upward trend due to ease of covid-19 restrictions as the country went into unlock mode.
Our volunteers had to arrive at the Railway station at 5 in the morning and collect the passengers' data on Godavari express. Our volunteers were allocated with compartment numbers, and the task was to note down the name, phone number, aadhar number and berth number of the passengers. Then, they would randomly select 4 to 5 people from each compartment for a swab test. Sometimes if any passengers showed any symptoms of covid-19, our volunteers sent them for a swab test. If any report returned positive, the railway authorities contacted the person and the seven passengers seated nearby to get isolated.
During this activity, it was of utmost importance for the volunteers working along with the Railways Police staff to take necessary precautions and safety measures against the virus. So, we provided masks, face shields, sanitizers, and gloves to every volunteer. We have also given masks and sanitizers to the staff of Road Transport Corporation, Auto drivers near the railway station, Government teachers, Railway employees, Sanitization staff, etc. We maintained absolute discipline by reaching the place by 5 AM, and the safety measures we have followed were appreciated by many, resulting in the completion of this challenging task successfully.
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