Hailakandi: Following the closure of schools due to the coronavirus outbreak, the school teachers here are on a different role altogether –creating awareness about the disease among the local people outside the confines of the classrooms.
School teachers of the district have fanned out to areas in and around their vicinity to augment the efforts of the district administration to contain the spread of the disease.
In one such program at Narayanpur which falls under Wards 5 and 10 of Hailakandi Municipal Board, teachers of 99 Narayanpur LP School along with education officers have come up with a novel method to create awareness about coronavirus and remove misconceptions about it by preparing a list of dos and don’ts.
The school has started giving lessons to the villagers in which they are given information about the virus and the precautionary measures to be adopted to avoid getting infected.
The list asks people not to shake hands or hug each other. It also tells them to maintain social distancing and to wash their hands with either soap or hand sanitizer frequently.
Narayanpur LP School Head Teacher, Tapash Kumar Das said, “As a measure against this dreaded virus,, we have taken a small step to spread awareness among the villagers about the virus. This has helped to allay fears with regards to Coronavirus. At a time when the outbreak of the fatal virus has claimed so many lives and infected many, it is time to take a stand against this new strain.”
Sampa Dey, an assistant teacher in the school, said, “We are informing the local people about the symptoms of the Coronavirus and how to avoid the infection by listing what is to be done and what not to.”
“The people are also asked to wash their hands frequently and to report to the nearest health center or police station if they feel unwell. They are also told to maintain high standards of hygiene at home,” added Dey.
The teachers said that since there is a heavy inflow of people from coronavirus infected States to Hailakandi posing an imminent threat, it was necessary for the local people to be aware of the outbreak and take steps needed to save themselves from it.
“Armed with the information on coronavirus vis-a-vis how the outbreak occurs, its symptoms, its mode of transmission, treatment and how to protect ourselves from the virus by adopting best health practices gathered from the internet, TV channels and newspapers as well from the advisories of the State and Central Governments and the district administration, we have embarked on a mission to keep the local people educated on this issue so that they can convey the information to their family members and brethren as well,” the teachers of the school said.
Block Elementary Education Officer, Hailakandi, Rajesh Chakravarty said the Education department in collaboration with the health department is reaching out to the people in towns and villages across the district to create awareness of the novel Coronavirus. “In Hailakandi block alone, teachers of 519 numbers of LP and ME schools are organizing a series of awareness programs to sensitize the people on the mode of transmission and the safeguards to be employed to contain the spread of the disease,” he said.