Updated: Aug 14
Q: What are your COVID-19 related tasks?
ASHA worker: The state Health Department has given us the responsibility to spread awareness about the virus in minimum 25 households every day. In a meeting conducted in the Primary Health Centre (PHC), which was attended by various health officials, we were given 15 days to raise awareness in our areas.
Also, if we find any individual showing symptoms of the Coronavirus, we have to inform the PHC immediately and call an ambulance.
Q: Are you encountering any challenges?
ASHA worker: The government has not provided us with masks, sanitisers or gloves, and we have to visit the households to spread awareness. We feel that we have to go from house to house to make people aware; but in all of this it shouldn't turn out that we ourselves have become infected!
It is bad that we have been asked to go out even during the lockdown.
Q: Have you observed any shortages?
ASHA worker: There is a shortage of vegetables. People are getting ration through the Public Distribution System. Black marketing of ration and medicines has also started.
This interview was conducted with an ASHA worker in Gaya, Bihar in Hindi on 10 April 2020, and has been translated.