Alike the onset of the pandemic this month last year, demand for masks, hand sanitisers and pulse oximeter has increased again.
The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has again boosted the sales of face masks, sanitisers, vitamin tablets as well as oxygen cylinders among other medical essentials in the city.
Alike the onset of pandemic this month last year, demand for masks, hand sanitisers and pulse oximeter has increased again.
Manoj Kumar, who owns a pharmaceutical store at Punaichak, said: "People are conscious about health and are buying face masks and sanitisers. The demand has increased over the last 10 days."
Suresh Prasad, the owner of another medical store, said though the demand for masks and sanitisers has surged, but the sale is comparatively less this time.
Echoing similar views, owner of another medical store on Boring Road said: "Due to the rising number of Covid cases, the demand for pulse oximeter has increased as doctors ask the Covid patients in home quarantine to keep checking their oxygen saturation level in the blood and the pulse rate. Besides, some people are buying oxygen cylinders as well for emergency situation."
Apart from masks and sanitisers, the shopkeepers are also keeping other essentials as well. Rakesh Jaiswal, the owner of a grocery store at Rajbanshi Nagar, said: "We are keeping stock of all household groceries to tackle any exigency."
Residents also say they are on guard. "We have stocked basic medical and household essentials, including face masks, sanitisers, handwash, vitamin tablets as well as groceries," said Rajbansi Nagar resident Rajesh Sharma.
Sanjay Mishra of Puniachak said: "We have kept sanitisers at home, workplace and in car as well. Masks are mandatory for outsiders and all family members are taking immunity booster medicines, like vitamin-C and zinc supplements."
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