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]
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