Q: Are you a pregnant or nursing mother?
Beneficiary: I am pregnant
Q: Are you registered at the nearby Anganwadi Centre?
Beneficiary: Yes. I am being vaccinated on time and also receiving Take Home Ration from the Anganwadi.
Q: What were your main challenges on your health and that of your child in the lockdown period?
Beneficiary: It’s troublesome to visit the Primary Healthcare Centre for tests because they are very crowded. Hence, I mostly have to consult with the ASHA or the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife.
Q: What will help you in taking care of your health, and which the government can provide?
Beneficiary: The government should provide us with masks and gloves so that we can protect ourselves from COVID-19.
This interview was conducted with a Beneficiary in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in Hindi on 17 July 2020, and has been translated.
Source: Reuters/Baz Ratner