| | Updated: 22 Jul 2020, 11:31:00 AM IST
Tushar Tere, Mumbai
In the beginning of the epidemic corona virus, 5 people were found infected in Ikhar village of Bharuch district of Gujarat. The village was declared a corona virus containment zone. After this a former player of Team India took the front and not only motivated the people to strictly follow the rules of rescue, but also got the village free from the clutches of the epidemic.
We are talking about the Ikhar Express i.e. Munaf Patel. Patel, who was a member of the World Cup winning team of World Cup 2011, was in his village when the Corona virus entry happened. In the village of 8 thousand people, 5 people were found infected in the second week of April. The people of the village did not know much about the epidemic and it was difficult to convince people to follow the social distancing rule.
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There were 5 cases in the village in April itself
Munaf took over from here and it is his hard work that no new cases came out after 5 from this village. Patel, 38, says, “When the lockdown was announced, people here did not know much about the corona virus. In April, 5 people returned to the village from Tamil Nadu, who were infected. After this there was an atmosphere of fear in the village, people were scared.
It was difficult to convince the people of the village, but I succeeded
He explains, 'Making the farmers follow social distancing in the village meant behaving like the outside world. He felt bad, but I started explaining to him that this virus can be avoided. He also inspired everyone to wear masks. Please tell that Manaf has been a hero for the village. Many young people follow them.
Sarpanch accepted – Munaf Patel is a hero
“It was Munaf who worked closely with the local police and health officials,” says Harun Handi, sarpanch of Ikhar village. Also explained to the farmers that if social distancing is followed then they can work in the field. He told that Munaf used to come to the panchayat daily and made people aware for hours.
The sarpanch told that during this time many people had fever and wanted to be self-quarantined and were afraid of the test, but their fear was reduced when Munaf explained. People then got the corona virus tested.