Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare
“First in line against Covid”
“ASHA workers show a ray of hope”
“ASHA workers lend a helping hand in fight against Covid”
While these headlines do the rounds, the reality is that these “warriors” are fighting the global pandemic without basic defence/protection.
Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers across the country are working without masks and sanitisers -- two game-changing equipment needed to curb the pandemic.
The ASHA workers have been deputed by the centre to get in touch with families who are suspected to carry Coronavirus into India during travel.
Ask the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to give protective gear to these women on the frontlines.
The guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have pressed upon the need for protective gear for health workers multiple times.
In most cases, the ASHA workers with a salary of as low as Rs 2,000 are forced to buy their own masks.
From being yelled at by the same people they serve for releasing their names to the Health ministry to checking up on midnight calls of neighbourhood reporting suspects, they are on ground round the clock.
We need to ensure the protection of the ASHA workers during this health crisis.
Over the course of history, women have played an important role as health workers in war zones and world crises.
In India, these community health workers will be remembered for their courage and work on the ground.. Let’s do our bit to ensure that they stay healthy and can celebrate curbing the pandemic once all this is over.
India’s First Line Of Defense Against The Coronavirus Is An Army Of 900,000 Women Without Masks Or Hand Sanitizer -- Buzzfeed
ASHA workers seek equipment, training to deal with coronavirus pandemic -- Hindustan Times
COVID-19 fight brings out the best in ASHA workers -- The Hindu