To commemorate the lives lost in COVID 19, an online portal named National COVID Memorial was opened for public, effective since 30th January 2021 -The Day India started its “COVID COMBAT”
This online portal will be used for all the COVOID warriors whom we have lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This portal has been developed by COVID Care Network (CCN) founded by Abhijit Chowdhury. It is run by a team of good Samaritans who have assisted thousands of COVID patients during the pandemic. CCN is a Non-government organization, structured as a framework of COVID winners and their family members along with individuals from different walks of life, physicians, health workers involved or willing to get associated in integrated COVID-19 care across the society.
“The unsung tunes of our tribute to the COVID martyrs are kept here in this National COVID memorial. The nation does this with a heart that showers flowers at them, with pain that never could get expressed and heaps of salutes that they command for ever. It all came like a lightening but we keep them here with the light of eternity and the bliss of proximity”, said Dr Abhijeet Chowdhury (Founder-COVID Care Network) & (Professor & Head-Department of Hepatology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata).
Dr Chowdhury talks about the challenges for this first of a kind project. The primary challenge is for the relatives to struggle with the depth of void and come out to light of life. He also emphasizes the fact that it is important to get those people’s stories that are not that tech savvy and belong to a relatively marginalized segment of our society, whom we have lost due to COVID.
Having said that, CCN is completely ready with the infrastructure required to manage and handle a huge influx of information and that will come with an edit and a digital team. Authenticity of information is cross checked with data and a certificate of demise as available. Data put from e-mail and to the website are edited before uploading which ensures guarding the sanctity.
‘’A lot of people have lost their lives in their fight against COVID 19 and celebrating the lives of the COVID deaths is a great noble initiative’’, said Dr Swadeep Srivastava (Founder – Heal Foundation). This Initiative is fully supported by Heal Foundation which runs India’s largest COVID Fighter’s Awareness Program “COVID Fighters- Public Health Safety Movement”(www.covidfighters.in).
COVID Fighters is an initiative of HEAL Foundation to generate the right kind of awareness and Behaviour Change in people so that they get better empowered to fight against the menace of COVID-19.
This virtual memorial will be an annual event where everyone can participate. Some of the eminent personalities who are part of this project are Chief badminton coach of Indian team Pulella Gopichand, Sanjay Oak (Chairperson, Maharashtra State Covid 19 Task Force), Dr V. Mohan (Chairman & Chief of Diabetology – Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre), Dr Raghu Ram Pillariseeti (Director, KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases, Hyderabad), Dr. Virendra Singh (Chairman of Asthma Bhawan, Jaipur President of Indian Chest Society), Dr. Subrat Acharya ,Dr Samir Shah, Dr Yogesh Chawla,Dr Sethu Babu,Mr. N Ram (The Hindu Group),Mr Sunanda Sarkar (Times of India Kolkata),Mr Suresh Chandra(IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Telangana), Dr Swadeep Srivastava (Founder – Heal Foundation) and many more.
Explaining the process of registration, an official said a Memorial of the COVID victim with an obituary, blog and photograph must be submitted to the website www.nationalcovidmemorial.in. While submitting the form the user will be asked certain details of the user and some details of the deceased.
The Memorial will be verified, checked by the website admin and only after due verification and authentication the testimony will be uploaded on the website. Registration can also be done by sending all the documents directly to the email id [email protected]