The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, with the support of UNICEF, is building portable hand-washing stations in 18 slums of Ahmedabad to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The organisation’s aim is to build a total of 35 stations covering 5 major areas. They have already built 9.
COVID-19 is much more likely to spread easily in slums, owing to large populations in smaller areas. Moreover, social distancing is difficult as even houses have less spacing. Isolation is often nearly impossible in case a person tests positive. Many people cannot afford sanitisers and masks, and continue going to work to earn what they can for basic necessities.
Hand-washing stations in major slum areas of Ahmedabad
Therefore, the AAH decided to build 35 portable hand-washing stations, of which they completed nine. These will cover 5 major areas: Danilimda, Behrampura, Ramol, Vasna and Sarkhej. Nine such stations are complete. As contact should be minimal, they are building the stations such that the user can operate them with pedals. Additionally, the organisation will also help in informing people more about the ways to wash hands and maintain personal hygiene.
Mohammed Irfan Khalifa, the AAH programme coordinator, hopes that the stations will be of good use to the people living in these areas. AAH also appointed cleanliness committees to maintain the stations.
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