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'People are Hiding Information'

Q: When did you first get to know about COVID-19?

Auxillary Nurse Midwife (ANM): I got to know about it in January via television and social media. We were also informed by our department Taluka Health Officer (THO is a Block-level official). 

Q: What are your COVID-19 related tasks?

ANM: We along with the ASHA and Anganwadi workers are identifying people who are coming from outside. For this, we are surveying the villages and sending information to the THO office. We also have to update the office regularly about the people who have been home quarantined. If someone has a fever, we need to call 108 and send them to the district hospital. 

Q: Are you encountering any challenges?

ANM: The area of my sub-centre is very large and the workers are very few in number and hence it is getting difficult. The good thing is that despite a lot of responsibilities, ASHA workers and everyone else are working efficiently.

Some part of our area also comes under urban and we are facing problems there. People are hiding information and are not cooperating with us. They don’t let us come inside their apartments. 

Q: Have you observed shortages?

ANM: We received masks for all our essential workers on 22 March from the department. 

Things are still available in my area but the prices have slightly increased. The price of mutton has increased drastically. Ration and vegetables are also expensive.

The interview was conducted with an Auxillary Nurse Midwife (ANM) in Satara, Maharashtra in Hindi on 9 April 2020, and has been translated.

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