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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

During difficult Covid times, SYMA continues to serve the Society

Sunday, 4th of  August, 2019  would ever remain  a gold letter day in the annals of SYMA history.  We have been aspiring, dreaming for this ~ ‘dreaming big’ to serve the Society more.   SYMA [Srinivas Youngmen’s Association]  has been in the field of Social service since 1977 starting with street cleaning campaigns and keeping environment, more specifically, the temple tank and its surroundings clean.   We at SYMA, feel strongly the primary responsibility of improving the Society and helping the underprivileged.  

We have been dreaming of expanding ~ and the foremost impediment in realizing our endeavour was perhaps lack of space.  SYMA has been functioning in a 270 SFT approx premises at 29 TP Koil Street,   Opp to Bharathiyar  Illam.   On 4.8.2019  with the munificent support of Vasavi Builders, SYMA moved  to a sprawling premises at 37 Car Street, Triplicane, Chennai 600 005.

In a few months – the visibility grew bigger and so did the activities – the Rs.2 Medical centre started attracting more patients.  We have : Medical centre, Blood analysis lab, Gynecological consultation, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Eye clinic – all under one roof – added private Doctor for ENT (Dr Sunandha); Pediatrics (Dr V Venkatesh) and Ortho (Dr Subramaniam) .. .. .. SYMA has become much bigger and .. ..expenses too were shooting up.   The 12th year of SYMA Growth too concluded with pooja – wishing the students all the best in the examinations and career.

Suddenly Mar 2020 has thrown the World out of gears – life has changed suddenly and totally.  As the Nation announced lock-down, we had to stop all our activities. The medical centre, lab and other facilities can no longer cater to the benefit of poor people.  With grave heart, Notice Board had to be placed stating ‘We are closed till further instructions of the Govt’ and it pains us to receive that odd call from people asking when they can come for treatment !

The dreaded Corona Virus has changed the way people have lived thus far.   It is stated that India has so far recorded over 18000  positive cases of the novel coronavirus while the death toll has climbed to more than 500  in the country.  The no. of people affected in Tamilnadu too has been on the rise.

Globally – the situation is far different than what it was a couple of months ago ! - After trading below $0 for the first time ever, the US crude turning positive as oil prices rebounded on Tuesday. Donald Trump has said he will order a temporary suspension of immigration to the US.  U.S. oil prices crashed to the negative territory for the first time in history on Monday, fueled by pandemic-related demand shock and oversupply fears. It marks the first time an oil futures contract has traded negative in history, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

When most Nations are floundering, China seems to be recovering on economic fronts too.  Chinese truck maker Foton is moving to online sales in Brazil, due to an expected rise in demand for light commercial vehicles driven by the boom in online sales and home delivery services. "Due to the lockdown, online sales have become more important, and that is a trend that is here to stay," said Luiz Carlos Mendonca de Barros, president of Foton's board of directors in Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, in an interview with Xinhua.

Back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has urged  130 crore Indians to act as national volunteers in fighting the Corona virus pandemic.  Prime Minister exhorted the media and people to  disseminate positive stories and case studies, particularly of those patients that have fully recovered from coronavirus infection, and also inter-play such stories in different parts of the country, thus bringing the entire country together. 

On 24 March, the Government of India ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of India as a preventive measure. As the end of the lockdown period approached, state governments and other advisory committees recommended extending the lockdown. On 14 April, Prime minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till 3 May, with a conditional relaxation after 20 April for the regions where the spread has been contained.

Lockdown is necessity and reality – people must maintain social distancing and remain at home in fighting the dreaded virus, as directed by the Govt.  The State and Central Govts are taking great measures in fighting and in preventing the spread despite some foolish moves by a few citizens in not adhering to the guidelines. Life is sustainable for those of us in regular employment and in the comfort of our homes – we miss lot of things – especially our Sri Parthasarathi Perumal and purappadu. However, we get food at appointed hour and sleep in the comfort of our homes. We must appreciate those personnel – Doctors, Nurses, para-medics, Govt machinery, Police and everyone else who are out on the roads, protecting the citizens of this Nation.

Life is difficult for the daily wage earners.  There is some sprinkling of migrant population in and around Triplicane too.  One could see hundreds of construction workers standing at Triplicane High road in the mornings, waiting for contractors to pick them up and send to some sites. Life perhaps has come to a standstill for them.

SYMA members Mr SR Parthasarathi (SRP), VP Manivannan, S Parthasarathi, TJ Ramani, S Venkatesh, Sanjeevi, Kasthuri Sir, MA Sadagopan  and others have been trying to support those with difficulty.  Rice, provisions and other items in neat packets have been distributed to Sanitary workers, Govt agencies and needy people in and around Triplicane. 

While the functioning of Medical centre hinges on Govt announcement, the fact of our distributing medicines through a druggist – Radha Medicals, near Kellet High School has helped immensely.  SYMA officials have taken a decision that those who have been availing the medical services of SYMA medical centre and taking their weekly medicines, can now go direct to the medical shop and continue to get the same medicines for another period or so.  The medical shop as also the patients have been individually informed this and this measure too has helped people in a big way in ensuring that they continue to get medicines free. 

Appreciations to SRP, Mani, TJ Ramani  and  all others involved in this. We will also join with our little contributions and be of help to the Society.

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु ॥

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
Secretary, SYMA
PS : I have not ventured out of home during these days of lockdown and hence has not partaken in the relief measures organized by SYMA.  

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