With COVID19 affecting the country for more than a year now, some of the rural areas of the country are yet to receive proper medical and quarantine facilities. Large family size in smaller houses is leaving many asymptomatic COVID patients or returning migrants with no separate space for isolating themselves. To address situation, Welthungerhilfe with its partner PHIA Foundation has set up community managed COVID quarantine centers in two districts of Jharkhand.
A total of 37 centers with a bed capacity of 20 each has been set in Rania, Karra, Manika and Mahuadanr block of Khunti and Latehar districts in Jharkhand. These centers have been set up after receiving written permission from the local district administration. The administrations will also provide COVID19 testing and medicines at the centers.
Any incoming individual to the village from outside such as migrant workers will undergo 14 days quarantine in the centers. People with COVID symptoms will be identified by the community members or volunteers and will be asked to spend 14 days in the center. The centers are expected to cater to the needs of the respective Panchayats in the respective blocks.
A total of 40 such quarantine facilities will be set up with BMZ’s support. These quarantine centers are being managed by local community volunteers who are being trained by PHIA Foundation. Besides providing the centers, the team is also raising awareness on all the necessary COVID appropriate behaviours and the need for vaccination in the region.
With inputs from PHIA Foundation.