Dancer, choreographer and actor, Raghav Juyal has been working laborious to assist individuals particularly in rural Uttarakhand amid the continued second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Opening up on what impressed him to take up this initiative, Raghav informed IANS: “My acquaintances and I have been receiving distress calls from rural Uttarakhand for oxygen and life saving equipment for Covid-19 positive patients. We connected with some government officers to understand the situation and we were told that help from all quarters at this time is crucial. The government has also assured us to support us in Uttarakhand in all possible manner.”
Raghav Juyal expressed gratitude to those that have stood beside him on this noble trigger. He mentioned, “My friends, acquaintances, followers, our volunteers, friends from the TV and film Industry, government officials, and donors from around the world — I’m amazed and overwhelmed to see how everyone is standing with us in this initiative,” he mentioned.
Quizzed on what he and his group have performed until now to assist the frequent individuals within the state, Raghav Juyal mentioned, “We have been in a position to ship some D Type cylinders to assist Pauri Garhwal with the assistance of officers and subject volunteers. This achievement motivated my group, and now now we have many extra oxygen cylinders, medicines and beds coming for hill districts to avoid wasting lives of needy villagers in far off hills of Himalayas.
The 29-year-old Dehradun boy added, “At present over 130 volunteers, mostly from different parts of the country, are helping us to help patients find ambulances, oxygen beds, oxygen cylinders, ICU beds, blood donors, etc. People are also working on ground to manage logistics in more than 10 districts.”
Opening up on the issues he’s going through on this initiative, Raghav Juyal said, “Availability of amenities, equipment, medicines, supplies etc in remote villages was an issue as was the non-availability of skilled technicians to operate oxygen cylinders and concentrators. Managing the logistics between different cities and villages in hills in an emergency situation is another challenge.”
Raghav Juyal additionally appeals for extra fund to hold out his job. The dancer mentioned, “So far we have exhausted all our aids and are in the process of raising more funds. We’ve started a fundraising campaign and need more people who can donate to us as we aim to cover approx 5000 villages.”
Working with Covid-19 affected individuals can pose a well being threat for him, too. Asked about the identical, Raghav Juyal knowledgeable: “My family and I have recovered from Covid recently. We couldn’t get the time to rest as the second wave of Covid made its way into remote villages. We are following all the protocols like double mask, PPE kit for volunteers working on the ground and sanitisation of medical supply boxes etc.”
Quizzed if critics name his gesture a publicity stunt, what would he say in reply? Raghav smiled and mentioned, “Critics will always have an opinion about anything and everything. I will do whatever it takes to help the people of Uttarakhand. I appeal to my friends, followers and critics to come together and create teams to adopt villages that need help. Any village in the country can be adopted, all we have to do is extend helping hands urgently.”