Poverty a Major Consideration During the Pandemic in India

Urmila Chanam
Posted July 21, 2021 from India

When a person is poor and has no means to pay hospital bills and for transportation to get to the health facility, he/she is most likely to hide his/her COVID-19 status. Atleast in the confines of home, the person can do only as much as the family economy permits without being judged or exposed to others who can see their poverty. Health and right to life which are Sustainable Development Goals are in real a luxury that only a few enjoy. For the poor it is a trying time to either pursue treatment or face embarassment. 

These are my observations after one year and four months of Covid-19 in India and how people have responded to the massive morbidity, mortality, loss of jobs or livelihood, housing, education and entertainment.

Clear communication from government, civil society and influencers about cost of any Covid-19 service- testing, vaccination, even treatment packages can make a significant impact in the way people are going for testing, coming forward with their Covid status and so on. If I am given clear communication about how much transportation, doctor consultation, medicines are going to cost the anxiety from uncertainty is managed resulting in people accessing treatment. Now in the current status people are clueless about how much money will be required.

I am working in Manipur, a state in the northeastern region of India where the pandemic has reached another dimenson with a surge in delta variant of the Covid-19, complete curfew imposed by the government to contain the situation, and a complete halt to normal life. I request my World Pulse family to extend their help and contact me at [email protected] 

My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/urmila.ch

My Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/Urmila92531581

 

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Olutosin
Jul 21
Jul 21

Thank you very much for always raising your voice.

Nini Mappo
Jul 21
Jul 21

Dear Urmila,
Well done for being a leader, a courageous and compassionate one. Even the act of doing something when the need is so great can inspire others to be innovative and not fold their hands because they don't know where to start. Bravo!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Jul 23
Jul 23

Merci beaucoup pour votre partage

megsmueller
Jul 23
Jul 23

Hello sister Urmila. This entire story of impoverishment of the less priviledged just does something to my heart. But then there are angels like you, my dear sister, who are working towards the well-being of others, without fail. Thank you for taking the stand. Your efforts are not in vain. THANK YOU!

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 23
Jul 23

Urmila dear Sister,
I feel as if I have just been able to be in front of you, listening to what is needed. We must find ways to help each other along the way through this disaster. I will go to your facebook link and share it, and be in touch. What about sharing this story posted on World Pulse on your Facebook page, too. I am relieved to see you, dear sister.
So much love,
Tam

ARREY- ECHI
Jul 24
Jul 24

Dear Sis Urmi,
I hope you are doing well today and keeping safe.
Thank you so much for always raising your voice and for being the flag bearer for many a voiceless person.
May your voice thunder across the country for solutions to be reached.
Lots of Love

Mandali Thoughts
Jul 27
Jul 27

Hi Urmila,

I will sharebyour Facebook page in my status..hope to get good response from people ..stay blessed.

Ngala Nadege
Sep 21
Sep 21

Thank you so much for sharing