Dhubri: With the COVID-19 pandemic having brought the world to its knees, a 37-year-old Assam government employee, in solidarity with everyone fighting the global menace, has created a Durga idol with strips of expired tablets, capsules and injection vials.Also Read - Omicron Symptoms List: These Are The 2 Most Reported Symptoms in Omicron Patients

Sanjib Basak, an employee of Dhubri district administration, has, over the past few years, come up with various innovative and eco-friendly ideas to design the idol, but this year, amid the COVID-19 crisis, he wanted to make a difference with his creation. Also Read - Travel Predictions 2022: How Technology Can Boost Travel in COVID Times And Why Travellers Want Automatic Suggestions on Safe Places to Travel

“During lockdown, I had observed that people were queuing up outside pharmaceutical shops to buy essential medicines in bulk. It was then the idea struck me that I could be making Maa Durga’s idol with medicine strips to mark the pandemic,” Basak, who had last year made the figurine with discarded electric wires, told PTI. Also Read - Impact of Omicron Variant on Children: Tips on How to Manage Kids With Covid-19 Symptoms

It took the district official nearly five months and 40,000 strips of tablets, capsules and injection vials of different colours to give shape to his idea.

“Initially, I was worried that I won’t be able to make the idol this year due to work pressure and strict safety protocols. But I managed to create one with expired medicines.

“Paper, thermocol and board, among other things, were used to fix the medicine strips to a frame and create the idol,” Basak added.