Amaravati, July 14 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Andhra Pradesh Police, here on Tuesday, launched Muskaan Covid-19, an initiative aimed at controlling spread of the pandemic among street and homeless children.
Originally, Operation Muskaan focused on eradicating child labour. In the backdrop of the pandemic and it's impact on health of children, the initiative will also include testing for Covid-19 and treating homeless children who usually inhabit railway stations, bus stand and places of their employment.
DGP Gautam Sawang flagged off the initiative that will help test and treat one of the most vulnerable section of society.
Apart from the police, the CID, the Women and Child Welfare Department, ICDS and the municipal administration, various NGOs will be involved in the operation.
All children traced during the operation will be tested for Covid-19. Those requiring medical attention will be referred to the nearest hospital and the rest will be shifted to state-run rehabilitation centres.
The authorities will provide free education, apart from taking care of their needs.