Ayaz Ahmed hails from village Basti Gopang, district Muzaffargarh and is a Team Leader of the Union Council Disaster Management Committee, UC Juggi Wala. 30 years old Ayaz is married, has a 2-year-old son and lives in a joint family system with ten other household members including his parents and siblings. He works as a dispenser in BHU Jhuggi Wala and is also a volunteer in government’s Corona Tiger Force.
Under the BDRP programme, Ayaz participated in the refresher sessions on Hazard, Vulnerability, Capacity & Risk Assessment (HVCRA), basic life-saving skills and COVID-19 prevention measures. He took a keen interest in the COVID-19 session and was very excited and interested to learn about its symptoms and precautionary measures. Soon after the awareness sessions, Ayaz motivated his like-minded fellow community members and developed an active volunteer group. This group of volunteers from different hamlets worked with the mission to create awareness against social stigma associated with the Coronavirus, as well as addressing common misconceptions/myths related to it.
Ayaz led the group of volunteers and visited fifteen houses a day to deliver door-to-door sessions, using the guidelines shared in the VDMCs refresher and COVID-19 training. He also demonstrated hand-washing practices during each session with men, women and children.
Ayaz has delivered 350 sessions in his hometown of 1,600 people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result of his campaign efforts, the villagers started using face masks, ensured protective hygiene practices and social distancing to effectively respond to the pandemic.
Due to the tireless efforts of Ayaz and his team of volunteers to address the myths associated with the disease, a sense of responsibility was instilled among the community members and they were able to stay safe during the current pandemic.
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