“Many people in my village are uneducated, don’t know about Covid-19, and suffer more due to a lack of awareness. If a person tests positive, she/he faces discrimination at certain levels,” says D Naresh, a student with OU’s department of journalism and communication.
Accommodation, food for patients is free of cost at the isolation centre
With the permission of the district collector, the student started the isolation centre where patients accommodation and food are taken care of free of cost. The 10-bed facility is visited regularly by doctors from the local primary healthcare centre and Asha workers.
“My father and I had tested positive. Naresh not only helped us get tested but also helped us get treatment at the isolation centre. Doctors regularly visited and checked our health status,” said 48-year-old Sangi Ganesh, one of the patients who was recently discharged from the isolation centre.
Many residents of the village don not have access to sanitised lavatories and in many cases, there is also no separate room in their habitations for isolation. “There is also this fear among people over visiting hospitals during a pandemic. They fear their condition may worsen if they get admitted to a hospital which is around six kilometres away from the village,” says Naresh.