During this tough time, many social organisations and NGOs have come forward to provide food and other essentials. This step has been taken in order to help out daily wagers, homeless and other people affected by the curfew imposed in India. Now, next name in the queue is the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It will be funding the cost of the ventilators and PPE kits required in the entire state to fight the pandemic.
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What Is It?
With the number of COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing in the country, most states are finding it difficult to provide the adequate number of PPE kits and intensive care units (ICU) in hospitals to treat the patients diagnosed with the disease. In the wake of the shortage, the Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib) has decided to bear the cost of all PPE kits and ventilators required in the state of Punjab to fight the global disease. Golden Temple is considered to be one of the holiest Gurudwara located in Amritsar, Punjab. It is considered the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
The Punjab government has already instructed five units to start producing personal protective equipment (PPE) on an urgent basis for the doctors and medical staff.
Sikh Community Delivering Free Meals and Essentials
We all have seen that the Sikh community has always come forward to help people in tough times. In many countries, Sikhs are working tirelessly to deliver free meals daily and groceries to people struggling with self-isolation and financial hardship amid the coronavirus crisis.
While many big organisations are crumbling financially, it’s a great gesture by Sikh authorities at Golden Temple to provide such help to the state, especially at this time. Many people have lauded the move including famous Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh who also tweeted about it.
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Meanwhile, 167 people have been confirmed to have been contracted the pandemic in Punjab 11 of whom have died while 14 others have also been cured of the disease. The toll increases significantly nationally with over 300 dead after contracting the deadly virus while 8048 have been affected by it.