NEW DELHI: Accredited Social Health Activists, or ASHAs, who are the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 are demanding better pay and resources.
6,00,000 female ASHA workers are going on a two-day strike from August 7 to bring in attention to their issues. They are demanding a minimum wage of Rs 21,000 per month, Rs 10,000 per month pension and safety gear.
ASHA workers who had been at the forefront of the country’s polio vaccination and tuberculosis campaigns, as well as the implementation of maternal health programmes, are doing crucial work during the COVID pandemic.
Their jobs include going to low-income households and remote areas to look for anyone exhibiting signs of cough, cold, fever and other symptoms.