Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan addressed the heads of various religious and spiritual organizations in the state through a webinar on 3 May and urged them to create awareness regarding COVID-appropriate behavior and precautions to curb the spread of the virus.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said religion and faith have a unique place in the lives of the people of the country and in times of anxiety, faith can be a significant source of comfort and resilience. He urged the religious and spiritual leaders to play a larger role in saving lives and mitigating the spread of the disease.
The Governor further said that as influential leaders of the society and the community, they can create awareness among people in their respective communities and ask them to adhere to COVID-appropriate behavior such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently, staying at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and celebrating festivals at home. Mr. Harichandan also stressed the urgent need for all eligible persons to get vaccinated.
Participating in the webinar, A. Venugopala Deekshithulu of TTD said TTD is taking all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is advising pilgrims to wear masks and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizers have been kept at several places for the use of pilgrims, he added.
T. Koteswara Rao of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Puttaparti, said their Seva Dal members have been trained on COVID-appropriate behavior and in collaboration with UNICEF they have also launched SMS (Sanitation, Mask and Social distance) campaigns to create awareness among people.
Others who participated in the webinar included Paripoornananda Swamiji of Sri Peetham in Kakinada, Moulana Abdul Qadeer of All India Milli Council in Kurnool, Harmohinder Sahni of Guru Prabandak Committee in Vijayawada; Dr. T. George Cornelious, the Bishop of CSI All Saints Church in Vijayawada, Hridayananda Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mutt in Vijayawada, Thero of Amaravathi Buddha Vihar, and Pannalal D. Jain of Jain Samaj, Vijayawada.
They offered their help in creating awareness among the public to fight against the virus and also offered their places of worship for use by the authorities as temporary quarantine centres for COVID-19 patients.