Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha follows stricter protocols amidst the second wave of covid-19 in India

Dr Kiran: ''Hello everyone, here’s a Covid update from me:

The number of cases are surging, with India reporting about 293,000 cases and Delhi 25000 cases in the past 24 hours. Delhi has the maximum number of cases in the country.

There is a huge shortage of hospital beds, Oxygen and Remdesivir. Labs are accepting samples for RT- PCR far above capacity, and as a result, reports are being returned after 4-5 days. Young adults are turning Covid positive in this wave.

There is major vaccine shortage, and at the same time, a great deal of vaccine hesitancy. It’s really hard to convince slum residents to get vaccinated due to myths and superstitions around the vaccine.

The surge in cases is attributed to a combination of the highly infectious mutant strain B.1.617, and the large crowds gathered at election rallies, religious festivals and family events.

We are going to follow stricter protocols at Asha. Every Asha team member and warrior will wear N 95 masks and patrol the streets and lanes to make sure strict Covid protocols are observed everywhere. The expert panel of the government is encouraging double masking for the general population. We will be following the same protocols.

The Asha team is trying its utmost to get everyone vaccinated. I’m sure we will be able to increase the pace when members of the community observe that those vaccinated are not demonstrating any serious side effects.''

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