#CSCFightsCorona: Beating Coronavirus in Rural India

#CSCFightsCorona: Beating Coronavirus in Rural India

CSC VLEs are distributing free sanitisers across the country as a measure to control the coronavirus pandemic.  The latest move comes amid public outcry that hand sanitisers prices had doubled after the country reported coronavirus cases. VLEs also told villagers to wash their hands with soap and water constantly and maintain the hygiene standards as advised by the government.

In Jaunpur, VLE Brajesh Yadav distributed free sanitisers in Kerakat.

Awareness on hand wash and maintain hygiene

The VLEs are focusing to take precautions – particularly washing hands and maintaining hygiene at all times. It also involves avoiding handshakes and touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

66% of India’s population lives in rural areas and has limited access to healthcare services. Their access is limited due to personal negligence and lack of infrastructure. Moreover, recent studies on hand hygiene in rural India indicate that only 26.3% of the rural population washed hands before child feeding, 14.7% before breastfeeding, 16.7% after disposing of child faeces, and 18.4% after cleaning a child’s bottom.

The VLEs are focusing to take precautions – particularly washing hands and maintaining hygiene at all times.

These numbers indicate how big a behavioural challenge exists.

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