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Cachar artists, youths paint street graffiti to generate awareness on COVID-19

By Staff Correspondent

SILCHAR, May 6 - In a bid to spread the messages of social distancing and wearing of face masks more vividly among the people, young artists in Cachar have painted graffiti on the streets.

Members of Day Light Club have chosen Rangirkhari, one of the prime locations of Silchar town to paint graffiti carrying the message � please wear masks, maintain social distancing.�

Raju Dey, secretary of the club informed that people at large are still unaware of the havoc the COVID-19 has created across territories. �This is a humble effort from us urging people to stay home, wear masks and maintain social distancing to defeat COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are yet to realise the gravity of the times we all are facing. We want people to see the paintings and stay aware,� he added informing that relief materials were also distributed by the Club among the needy during the lockdown.

On the other hand, Netaji Forum along with young artists also made graffiti and painting on the street near Udharbondh police station. Bikramjit Paul, president of the forum said that local artists and members of the forum have made noble efforts to disseminate the message �stay home, stay safe,� for the masses to win the war against COVID-19. He also said that the step has been duly encouraged by local MLA Mihir Kanti Shome and police officials of the constituency.

Attendants violating guidelines: The authorities of Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) have urged the attendants accompanying the patients admitted at the hospital to come in limited numbers maintaining social distancing and wear face masks as per COVID-19 protocol.

Expressing gross dissatisfaction over the state of affairs, Dr Bhaskar Gupta, vice principal of the hospital has alleged that while more than two attendants are accompanying patients at the hospital, none of them are following the bare minimum COVID-19 guidelines which is to maintain social distancing and wearing face masks mandatorily.

�Since the general treatment facilities resumed at the hospital from April 24, 4,537 patients have been treated at the Out Patients Department while 796 patients have been admitted so far. But those coming with patients do not wear face masks and disobey social distancing guidelines, engaging in arguments amid brawls with our security persons ,� Dr Gupta said.

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