Updated: Aug 15
Q: What are your main challenges to take care of your health and of your child in the lockdown period?
Beneficiary: The hospitals and the health centres were all closed during the lockdown so it was very difficult to get the routine check-ups done. I was regularly in touch with the ASHA and other health workers on the phone.
Q: Did any worker visit you? If yes, what did they tell you during the visit?
Beneficiary: ASHA workers used to come. They gave me information about pregnancy, and also told us about the precautions that need to be taken during this pandemic.
Q: What will help you in taking care of your health, and which the government can provide?
Beneficiary: It would be easier for us if some basic tests are made available in the Sub-Health Centre; these should be equipped by the government to provide more facilities to the people. Right now we have to travel 7-8 kms to get the tests done.
This interview was conducted with an ICDS beneficiary in Solan, Himachal Pradesh in Hindi on 26 July 2020, and has been translated.