Health workers from across the country were facing the brunt of the population as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown started. Harassment and violence against health workers continue to this day as people in the interiors of India remain unaware about Coronavirus.
Nirmala Dakua, an ASHA worker from Odisha's Puri district was surrounded and beaten up by villagers numbering more than 500. She had gone to the Penthakata village after receiving information that there are COVID-19 positive patients who need to undergo treatment.
The ASHA workers are instituted by the ‘ National Rural Health Mission.’ They are at the bottom of the pyramid - the interface between the community and Indian Public Health Delivery System, the first point of contact for millions of Indians to health care.
This video report is from Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh, of a remote Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) that caters to about 30 thousand people. Community Correspondent Sunila Raaj went there to find out about their facilities and conditions of their medical services.