Private Schools Association offers its entire resources to fight COVID-19

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Srinagar: Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has offered its entire resources including buildings, transport and trained manpower to government for use in fight against the spread of coronavirus disease.

The Association said that desperate times need desperate measures and all private educational institutes have voluntarily decided to help government with all possible ways to deal with the situation. “We have been discussing all possible ways in which we could help government in controlling the deadly disease. We have felt that there may be need of our resources like buildings, vehicles or trained manpower and we have offered it to government to make use it in whatever way they see feasible,” said G N Var president PSAJK. “When there is a danger against the entire society we will stand with everybody to face the challenge and win it.”

The Association while holding a meeting remotely on telephone and video conferencing decided to offered space in hundreds of schools in entire Jammu and Kashmir. “Be it all big schools in Kashmir or in Jammu and other districts everyone has offered their resources,” said Var. “We have also compiled a list of the buildings which we will be offering to government.”

The Association said the given the situation in Italy or Spain we need to be extra careful in moving ahead and everybody has to do it bit. “We have examples before hand in the shape of these countries. We shouldn’t repeat the mistake those countries like Italy or Spain did,” said Var.

The Association appealed the people in general and students in particular who have arrived from outside not to hide their travel history. “God forbid, if anyone of those persons has any symptoms, he may subject his family and society to a lot of suffering. So it is better to reveal travel history to the doctors and be safe,” said Var. “Some students have been complaining of bad quarantine facilities. We urge them to help the authorities to improve the facilities and not make ruckus or try to escape. It there is dust or trash take a broom and clean your room, don’t expect government help in such small matters. Remember it is emergency situation and everyone has to do its bit.”

The Association also appealed the people to cooperate with the government with utmost seriousness. “If there is shutdown, dont move outside. Dont make any crowd. It will take only 14 days to control the situation if all of us maintain social distance and follow the rules,” said Var. “Otherwise it will take a much longer time to control.”

The Association also urged the authorities to increase the frequency of COVID-19 tests so that all of the cases are identified and treated. “WHO too has called on the government to test, test and test so that not a single case is missed,” said Var. “We appeal the government to test everyone even if he or she has a mild symptom.”

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