SRINAGAR: CARE Kashmir International (CKI) has distributed 70,000 surgical masks among the people in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in the valley.

On July 28, CARE Kashmir International (CKI) initiated `Mask Wearing Movement’ in collaboration with Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Hotels & Restaurants Owners Federation (KHAROF), Travel Agents Association of Kashmir, Travel Agents Association of India (Kashmir Chapter), Travel Agents Society of Kashmir, Tourist Trade Interest Guild, Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum,  Jammu Kashmir Tourism Alliance, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashmir, Beopar Mandal, Association of Kashmir Tour Operators,  J&K Private School Association, Moral Education Environment, and Relief Committee, Kashmir Hoteliers and Restaurants Association,  J&K Chemists and Druggists Association, Srinagar Chemists & Distributors Association, SAAYA (NGO), Hoteliers Club, Dalgate Traders Association, Kashmir Houseboat Owners Association, Nageen Tourist Traders Association, and Kashmir Welfare Trust.

 

“During the two days programme, 70,000 surgical masks were distributed among the people. The organizations had opened 30 centers in the city,” said Zaffer A Shah, Vice-President of CKI.

The areas, where masks were distributed, include Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Barzulla, Brein, Nishat, Boulevard, Nehru Park, GB Pant Hospital, Karan Nagar, BohriKadal, Alamgari Bazaar, Eidgah, Khayam Chowk, Nowshera, Hawal and others.

“The masks were arranged by the organizations from their internal resources. The programme was not funded by anyone.  The use of masks, social distancing, and regular washing of hands can keep COVID at bay. We urge the civil society to distribute surgical masks among auto, sumo, and other public transport drivers,” Shah said.

CKI has appealed to social organizations and civil society groups to carry out awareness programmes within their respective areas and help in defeating COVID 19.

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