In Dutee Chand’s relief kit for her village in Odisha, sanitary pads
Written by Nihal Koshie

Published: May 11, 2020 11:59:43 pm

Dutee Chand paid from her personal pocket for the relief and in addition requested the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. (Express Photo)

It was whereas distributing free ration to the needy in her village, Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha’s Jajpur district, that India’s ace sprinter Dutee Chand realised she wanted to do extra for the ladies she met. So on her subsequent go to, she added sanitary pads to the provisions packet that had rice, sugar, and a few namkeen.

The Bhubaneswar-based Asian medallist, and the state’s high celeb, considered giving again to the village after receiving a number of SOS messages from these she had grown up with. With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing a complete lockdown and employment alternatives drying up, Jajpur appeared in the direction of Dutee. And she didn’t disappoint, arriving in her SUV loaded with groceries and sanitary pads.

“People want all the assistance they’ll get throughout this coronavirus pandemic and meals is on the highest of everybody’s thoughts. But we do overlook there are different important issues, which individuals want however could not discuss overtly,” Dutee informed The Indian Express.

“Sanitary pads are very important for the health and hygiene of women. But in villages, it is not available at the moment and women won’t talk about the shortage. Also, they can’t afford it now because no household has income and whatever money they have, they use it for food. Sanitary pads cost Rs 50 to Rs 60 per packet at least. Medical shops are also shut most of the time near my village.”

Jajpur district has the second-highest variety of circumstances in Odisha – 60 together with 58 lively ones – as per the newest replace on the web site of the state’s division of well being and household welfare. It accounts for 15.three p.c of the Coronavirus circumstances in the state behind Ganjam district with 137 circumstances, as on Monday morning. On Sunday, Odisha noticed 82 new circumstances, with quite a few migrant employees who’ve returned to the state testing optimistic.

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Dutee distributed the provisions on the village sq. and took the difficulty to go to every home to offer the sanitary pads to the ladies. “I wasn’t sure if women would be comfortable coming out to take sanitary pad packets. So, I went to each home,” Dutee says, including that she took all precautions and wore Personal Protection Equipment. “I gave them 1000 packets, with rice, sugar and others provisions. I also distributed 1,000 packets of sanitary pads. If they need something like sanitary pads, they have to travel at least 5 to 6 kilometres, which is not possible because of the lockdown and people want to be careful and not venture out because Coronavirus cases are being reported. Nobody is going to come and give women sanitary pads in such circumstances because food is understandably a priority,” she added.

Dutee paid from her personal pocket and in addition requested the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, the place she is pursuing a level in regulation, to assist with funds.

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Dutee can also be a part of the official marketing campaign of the state’s youth and providers division, which advises folks to take care of social distancing. ‘Stay in today. Come out and cheer for me tomorrow’ is the message of a social media submit with a picture of Dutee lacing up her sneakers. “People of every state have to do their bit to ensure the virus does not spread. At the same time, those who are in a good position must help those who need help. In Odisha, I am trying to ensure the right message goes out.”

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