Rajkot: Parkinsonism cannot dissuade you from doing, donating masks

AHMEDABAD: Although he suffers from a disease that affects movement, Dr. Prakash Solanki, 66, personally sews masks every day at his home in Rajkot and distributes them to people nearby. It has been doing this regularly since the state was locked up to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The doctor, who retired as deputy director of the State Employee Insurance Plan (ESIS) four years ago, lives with his wife Reshma. “This activity keeps me busy all day. I stop sewing masks only when the tremors in my body become too strong to continue working, ”says Dr. Solanki.

He manages to sew 25-30 masks daily at his home in the Raghunandan Society, Race Course Ring Road. His wife distributes them to people in and around the society where the Solankis live. Previously, we used to give the masks to people who wanted them. By now, word has spread and people come and collect the masks of our society, Solanki said.

Solanki says that his gesture of sewing and distributing masks is insignificant compared to what many others are doing. “There are many who risk their own lives to combat the pandemic. Hundreds of others are doing much more to care for the poor and needy in these times. I'm just doing my part in a small way, said Solanki.